Carpenters Tip for Marking Wood

By Robert Robillard on Workshop tips

Accurate Pencil Marks

When measuring, marking and cutting wood how many times have you made a pencil mark only to go to the saw and forget which side your suppose to cut.  Here is a simple but accurate carpenters tip for marking wood.


Carpenters Tip Marking Wood

Accurate Layout Marks

Or worse you cut the wrong side of the line and now your board is too short.

A simple pencil mark can be confusing. Sometimes the line is slightly curved. Where do you cut?

Pencil Marking Tip:

Pencil marks should be crisp arrow points. The tip of the arrow is the exact mark.

To help remember which side of the arrow to cut I always put an “X” on the waste side of the arrow mark.

Carpenters Tip Marking Wood

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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