Fundamentals of Layout

Owning the right tools and knowing a few tricks will ensure accurate work.
By Lonnie Bird
Pages: 76-79

From the April 2005 issue #147
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Layout is one of the most important processes in woodworking; it provides an essential “road map” to point you in the right direction when cutting and fitting your joints. Layout is also an area of woodworking where it’s easy to make costly mistakes; and it’s disheartening to cut and fit joints only to find out that they won’t go together properly or that they’re in the wrong location.

Yet I’ve found that by using the right tools for the job and following some simple procedures that accurate layout is virtually assured. Let’s first take a look at some layout tools that should be part of every woodworker’s tool kit; then we’ll go over the techniques that I use to measure and mark accurately.

From the April 2005 issue #147
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