Understanding The Three Types of Layout Lines
Layout lines vary, and understanding when to use each type is fundamental to fine work
Synopsis: On the surface, a layout line is a simple thing. But laying out a woodworking project calls for such a variety of marking tools and techniques that it pays to learn about them. Here is an overview of the layout lines in the life of a project. Some are penciled, rough or fine; others are scribed with a knife or marking gauge. Learn the differences, and your work will rise to a new level.
Cutting to the line is a simple concept. Hidden within that simple idea is a complex set of skills that are a gateway to accurate work.
The way you lay out lines and the way you cut to them are different in different contexts. Take cutting out curved parts vs. sawing dovetails: You’ll almost always smooth out a curved part after cutting, which gives you a chance to refine the shape afterward. With dovetails, on…