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Measure and mark for better accuracy

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Put accurate tools to use
Marking board with pencil,  pencil at angle
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From this angle directly above the
head of the square, the pencil point
appears to be exactly on the 4" mark...
Marking board with pencil with
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...but looking down from directly
above the 4" mark shows the pencil
about 1/16" from the intended spot.

Put accurate tools to use

After choosing quality measuring and marking tools, use these simple techniques to get the most accurate results.

First, select reference edges and faces and measure from them as often as possible. For example, when laying out a series of drawer openings along a cabinet's stiles, always measure from the same end of each stile. After marking the locations, measure between the marks to double-check your accuracy.

When marking, make sure you sight straight down on the ruler. Working to one side throws off what appears to be an accurate mark, right.

To mark a dimension, draw a "V" extending from the ruler instead of a single tick mark. A single line can end up angled, causing confusion over which end is the real dimension. To extend a line or transfer it around an edge, place your knife or pencil on the tip of the "V" and gently slide your square or ruler up to it. Then use moderate pressure and draw the pencil or knife across the workpiece once. Repeated passes only widen the mark, reducing accuracy.


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