https://youtu.be/REx2yiXBMOc…That is the question. One of the comments I get quite often on the channel is “wouldn’t a template save time?”. It is a good question but as in many things in life there are pros and cons for using or not using a method.
On this build I have laid out every piece with no templates. The reason or excuse I use the most for not using a template is the nature of rough cut timbers. There are times when I need to make slight alterations to a timber in order to make things work. Those are situations where a template can be restrictive to the process.
In hindsight my best advice would be to make templates for the scarf joints as those require the most consistent layout every time. I did not do this and I probably would have had better results in the long run.