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Measuring Tips:

Cutting Tips:

  • When using a measuring tape, the metal tab at the end can become loose. If you push and pull on it, it can move by up to 1/8" of an inch. When making precise measurements, keep the tab in the same position when transherring the measurement to avoid gaining or loosing distance.

  • Always use the same tool when measuring. Otherwise, small variations between tools may result in inaccuracies in your results.

  • Don't start measuring from the end of a tool, instead start from the 1 inch or other mark. The end of the tool sometimes is not properly marked or can become worn down, making it inaccurate.
  • Place masking tape over the cut line to prevent tear-out from damaging the wood's surface.

  • Stacking scrap wood on top and bottom of a piece being cut will prevent tear-out.

  • When cutting an inside corner into a board, leave the last bit to be cut by hand with a dove tail saw or a chisel.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 





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