Layout, Measuring, and Marking

A good finished project starts with precision measurements and layout. Step up your accuracy and workmanship in your woodworking with these tips and techniques for layout, measuring, and marking.

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Let Grain Reign
Lessons in choosing and using lumber for top results
Marking knives: a cut above pencils
I use a sharp pencil in the shop to mark crosscuts, mortise-and-tenon layouts. I see a big deal being made about marking gauges and small knives to mark the cuts. Why are these better?
Scribing a perfect fit for curves
I’m making a wooden toolbox for my pickup bed. How do I make a template to fit over the curved wheel well?
Marking Gauge 101: Score Boards for the Win!
Whether you use power tools or hand tools, this tool makes crisp, clean lines for layout work—much more precise than a pencil line. Here are 16 tips to get the most out of this must-have tool.
The Art of Picture Framing
Use these simple tools and techniques to properly secure artwork in a frame.

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