Measure and mark for better accuracy
More ways mark accurately
Maintain the proper orientation of nearly identical parts as you mark them by indicating which surfaces are the top, bottom, left, right, front, back, inside, and outside as needed. For several pieces needing identical layout marks, such as matching mortises in opposing table legs, save time and improve accuracy by clamping the pieces together and marking across all of them at once, right.
Finding the center of a workpiece is simple: Measure the width, then divide that number in half. To confirm your math, measure in that distance from each edge and make a mark, center. If the marks fall on top of each other, you've found dead center. If not, adjust the measurement by half of the amount between them and try again.
In some instances, the most accurate measurement comes from avoiding a ruler or tape. For example, when fitting a divider between two rails in a face frame, bottom right, measuring and then transferring that dimension to the workpiece invites at least two chances for error to creep in. Instead, place the workpiece against the opening and mark the dimension directly onto the workpiece.
Apply these methods to your work and watch the improvement.
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