Razor-fine layout lines
You enjoy two advantages when laying out dovetails with a marking knife, as shown right. First, you get the greater precision of the knife's keen edge, resulting in a better fit. And when you begin cutting the pins and tails, your chisel or handsaw slips into the knife-cut kerf for straighter, cleaner cuts.
Single-bevel marking knives: part #33N07.01 (right-hand bevel); #33N07.02 (left-hand bevel); $31.50 each, Lee Valley, 800-871-8158, leevalley.com.
Dual-bevel marking knife: part #885-2154, $50, Traditional Woodworker, 800-509-0081, traditionalwoodworker.com.
Dovetail markers: part #05N61.04 (6); #05N61.05 (8); #05N61.08 (14); $12.95 each, Lee Valley, 800-871-8158, leevalley.com.
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