Split the tip for perfectly parallel bandsaw cutlines

I loved the Top Shop Tip by Warren Perkins in WOOD® magazine issue 187 (November 2008) where he drew two parallel lines on curved cuts and shot the gap with his bandsaw. Warren’s “freehand” must be steadier than mine, though, because I found it difficult to mark a freehand line parallel to the original cutline.

To help me do that, I sharpen the tip of a carpenter’s pencil, and then split the lead with a bandsaw. Now it’s easy to draw parallel lines the exact width of a bandsaw blade.
—Gene Taylor, Brookeville, Md.

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