Accurate Joinery Starts With a Marking Knife
The basics of using and choosing this essential layout tool
Synopsis: Whether you’re cutting with machines or by hand, working to a single clean line is essential. Mario Rodriguez works to a reliable scribed line, so it will withstand smudgy fingerprints, sweat stains, and wood dust. In this article, he explains the differences between marking knives and marking gauges and discusses different knife blades and how to sharpen them.
One of the secrets to achieving fine, crisp work is to lay out the joints carefully. Whether you’re cutting with machines or by hand, working to a single clean line is essential. Instead of a relying on a thick, blurry pencil line, I work to a reliable scribed line cut into the wood surface. Alongside smudged fingerprints, sweat stains and wood dust, it remains unmistakable.
A marking knife cuts a straight, accurate line, highlighting exactly where to stop your cut. Besides offering a clear visual reference, this fine groove…