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Sizing up project parts
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Hold solid-wood edging tight against
the panel; then use a marking knife
to score it for the exact length needed.

Sizing up project parts

Marking knives help you precisely transfer measurements when marking parts to size. For example, marking a piece of solid-wood edging to match a veneered panel, as shown right, gives you an exact fit. You can do this with any project part that must be cut to fit an existing opening or when making story sticks, templates used for marking and transferring measurements.

After scoring the pin-socket depth with a marking gauge, use a knife to define the tails.

Use your already-cut tail board to now mark the locations for the mating pins.

Continued on page 4:  Marking dovetails


Comments (5)
grooverjamesr wrote:

To make a marking knife, all you really need is an old saw blade from a saws all. reciprocating saws use a thin blade and is prefect for the application. Simply cut a 45 degree angle at the tip and remove all the teeth with a grinder then make two pieces of nice wood for the handle and glue them on and sand, varnish and viola!

12/25/2014 09:41:39 PM Report Abuse
vtxman wrote:

I like to pickup old paring knives at garage sales then grind them to the profile I like for a marking gage. It's nice to have multiple marking knives for different situations.

4/11/2013 06:44:26 PM Report Abuse
rlambert94 wrote:

The caption attached to the photo above doesn't mention anything about dovetailing. After reading the whole article, everything makes sense.

7/30/2012 04:09:11 AM Report Abuse
Gee-Dub wrote:

I don't know that it is "who wrote this article" as much as it may be who picked the photos(?).

7/22/2010 10:24:17 AM Report Abuse
rupps3 wrote:

I don't know who will be cutting your dovetail pins but if you use the marking method pictured above, then they'll have a hard time. It appears you are using the "pins first" method for transfer, however, you're using a TAIL board. Who wrote this article?

6/19/2010 05:15:48 PM Report Abuse

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