Layout, Measuring, and Marking

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Just Shut Up!
Contributing Craftsman Jim Heavey offers some words of tough love
Essential Vise Accessories
Even the best bench vise can’t properly hold every workpiece for every task without a little help. Here are a few of our favorites.
Get equal spacing in seconds, with no math
Here’s a dirt-simple and quick way to mark equal spacing along the edge of a workpiece.
Split the tip for perfectly parallel bandsaw cutlines
I loved the Top Shop Tip by Warren Perkins in WOOD® magazine issue 187 where he drew two parallel lines on curved cuts and shot the gap with his bandsaw.

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Varied curves from modified fairing sticks
As a high school science teacher, I often experiment in my shop.
"Pocket" square measures extra large
To check sheet goods for square, I use a collapsible, square-checking triangle.
Cut dead-on angles with a portable circ saw

Sometimes you simply can’t angle-cut the end of a board using a tablesaw or mitersaw because of the length of the workpiece or where you’re working.