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rawJR tips for
Measuring & Marking
"Measure twice — cut once." I've followed those words of wisdom ever since 1 began woodworking. But over the years, I've learned a few other things that have helped
me get accurate and consistent results time after time.
On the next few pages you'll find a dozen ideas that are sure to be useful in any shop. Some involve
using the right tool, while others focus on technique. And no matter what kind of projects you build, you can put most of them to work in your shop right away.
1 Etched vs. Stamped ►
It's hard to pass up a bargain, but when it comes to measuring tools I buy the best I can afford. And one of the biggest differences between high-quality measuring tools and cheaper models is the use of etched lines rather than stamped marks.
The practical benefit of etched lines is that they're finer, allowing more definition between small measurements. I like them because they're easier to read in normal lighting. These tools usually cost a little more, but they're worth the investment.
A Finer Lines. The fine etched lines in the top photo extend all the way to the edge of the rule, making them easier to read than the stamped lines of the lower one.
2 ^One Tape per Project
It's tough to beat a tape measure for ease of use and convenience. I have several in my shop. But I've learned that using different tapes on a project can lead to serious measurement errors. The problem is tapes can differ in their readings for a couple of reasons.
First, if the hook on the end is bent or damaged, it can throw off the starting point of the measurement. Second, the tapes themselves can be printed with small deviations in the measuring marks. But if you stick to one tape measure throughout a project, you'll be sure to get consistent results.
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