Layout, Measuring, and Marking
Want to abolish measuring errors from your woodworking? Beat them with a stick: a story stick.
You can't beat an ellipse when you want a graceful curved-edge tabletop, frame, or opening. This simple scrapwood trammel makes drawing any size ellipse, a straightforward task.
Whether you're a hobbyist trying to get a better sense of a project's "feel" or a professional craftsman pitching to a client, prototyping can help you test a design's structural integrity, functionality, and comfort.
There's more to measuring and marking than stretching a tape across a board and drawing a pencil line. By using the right tools and accessories, you'll greatly improve your precision and even speed up your work.
A reader wants to know how to enlarge patterns from a gridded drawing. It's easier than you think, and requires very little artistic talent.
You don't need fancy equipment to turn away from straight lines. In this article, we'll show you how to mark curves and arcs with a trammel, string and pins, compass, flexible curve, and French curve.
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If you've ever tried to draw a straight line down a length of dowel to mark hole locations, you know how difficult it is to hold a straightedge along a round surface.