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Precision Layout and Measuring Tools

Planning Your Projects
The simple key to successful woodworking is avoiding mistakes. And avoiding mistakes requires proper project planning.
The first stage of planning starts with a single thought . . . “I want to build X.” It could be a simple birdhouse or an elaborate chest of drawers on rolling casters with shelves and a mirror.
Then, you choose your materials, do a rough estimate of the size you want it to be, plan the joints or cuts you’ll use for assembly and do a sketch of how you think the finished project should look.
But before you can create a Bill of Materials or decide what tools and accessories you may need to do the job, you’ll need a dimensioned drawing or layout to follow. Without this, you’ll be a lot like Stanley Livingston in the jungles of Africa . . . LOST!

The proper tools
To start with, every shop needs a graduated Steel Rule and a Square for measuring and for marking lines and 90-degree angles. For unparralleled ease of finding the centers of your workpieces, nothing beats a Center-Finding Rule.
The measuring and setting of precise angles is also important in woodworking. The Oriental Miter Square is perfect for picture framers and cabinet makers. Draftsman’s Triangles (available in a 30 / 60 / 90-degree configuration or a 45 / 90-degree configuration) are an excellent choice for measuring and marking the most common angles.
However, they won’t work for many “odd” angles. Duplicate unknown angles is a snap with the Rosewood Sliding Bevel.
When turning on the lathe, Inside and Outside Calipers are a must. And, since they can measure both thickness and diameter, they’re also ideal for taking measurements when planing or sanding workpieces. An ordinary school-type pencil compass or our Yardstick Compass Points will help you draw perfectly round circles. And when you need to copy or re-size elaborate patterns, there’s nothing like a Pantograph.
Almost any custom design you can dream of can be created and transferred easily with this unique device. Just guide the metal stylus to trace your pattern and the Pantograph will draw an exact replica of that pattern on a separate sheet of paper or directly onto your workpiece. And it can be adjusted to enlarge or reduce your original design, or trace it at the same size. To transferring full-size patterns to your wood stock without using carbon paper, use the Pounce Wheels.
And finally, there is the matter of marking your material. Most woodworkers use a pencil, but we recommend you restrict the pencil strictly to compass work, using a light touch and a hard lead. A pencil loses its sharpness quickly and as it dulls, your lines become wider and therefore less accurate.
Alway use an eraser to remove any pencil marks from your workpiece as sanding them off will only force the lead deeper into the grain.
The best tools for the vast majority of your markings are either a scribe or an artist’s or  striking knife. Any of these tools will give you a fine, even line that’s easy to follow and won’t leave the imbedded lead a pencil will.

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