Although many woodworkers use marking knives and gauges to cut layout lines, students at North Bennet Street School learn to use a pencil when laying out dovetails and hinge mortises. Instructor Steve Brown argues that a sharp pencil makes a more accurate line and, because it doesn't damage the wood or cut into any part of the joint, results in a tighter, better-fitting joint. Here he shows how to transfer dovetails accurately and mark and cut a hinge mortise will always leave you with a perfect fit.

From Fine Woodworking #224