Essential Woodworking Skills – Measuring and Marking – Tools, Tips and Tricks

Essential Woodworking Skills – Measuring and Marking – Tools, Tips and Tricks

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In this woodworking skills video we cover the basic techniques and tools I use for measuring and marking. I go over the tools I use and why they matter. Thanks for watching! Please like, comment and subscribe. Cheers!
Combination Square:
Tape Measure:
Incra Ruler:
Veritas Layout Square:
123 Block:
Marking Knife I love:
Engineer’s Square:
Calipers I use:
Marking Gauge:
Mortising Gauge:
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My Favorite Dozuki Saw:
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New Flush Trim Saw:
Marking Gauge:
Marking Knife:
Stanley Sweetheart Chisels:
Knew Concepts Fret Saw:
Dewalt Planer Package:
Forrest 10” Combo Blade:
Festool Tape Measure:
Starrett 6” Combination Square:
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Triton 3 ¼ hp Router (with built in lift and edge guide incl):
Kreg Router Plate:
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Bosch 1 HP Colt Router Set With Fixed and Plunge Base:
Bosch Edge Guide:
Bosch Bushings Set:
Centering Cone:
¼” Inexpensive Router Bit Set:
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Whiteside ¼” shank Spiral Upcut Bit ⅛”:
Whiteside ¼” Shank Spiral Upcut Bit 1/4”:
45 Degree Bit I Like:
Whiteside Inlay Kit I like:
Flush Trim Bit I Use All The Time for smaller applications:
Avid CNCs of all shapes and sizes:
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Camera Gear:
Lumix GH5-s and main lens:
30mm Macro Lens:
15mm Lens:
50mm Lens I use for product shots:
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2nd CAMERA Canon 70d:
24MM Wide Angle/Macro Lens:
50MM f/1.8 for those tight shots:
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  1. Graham Parsons on January 6, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Another great vid as always, that veritas square looks like it could end up on my xmas list, it does seem that my squares seem to be square in name only of you know what i mean!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  2. speg on January 6, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    I know you disagreed with Garrett but he is right, that’s a combination square.

  3. Hey I'm a Maker on January 6, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Looks legit to me!

  4. Garrett Bartley on January 6, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    You kept using the terms "try square" and "combination square" interchangeably. I believe your engineer square is closer to a try square, and a combination square is a combination square. However, jargon is jargon and not an exact science! I noticed a speed square was missing from your arsenal. I use mine like it’s going out of style, mostly because I find it a little easier to grip than a combination square. That being said, my 6" combination square is by far my favorite. And if anyone is on the fence between a Veritas marking gauge and the one you show in this video, I’d recommend saving the money and getting the one in this video. The Veritas one is very nice and might be worth the expense if you find yourself needing the dual marking side of it, but I don’t. I should have bought the cheaper one at about half the price!

  5. Nathan - Ginger Dog Woodworks on January 6, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Loving this essential skills series!

  6. RabidCheetah on January 6, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Does the blade on the marking gauge supposed to roll? or do you just scratch with it right?

  7. r3d33m3dn78 on January 6, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Though it may be called an engineer square (seldomly) it is actually a Machinist square. Engineers don’t use squares you silly wood worker you.

  8. Tripp Southern on January 6, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Dude. I use a combo square at least 10 times a week and I NEVER knew that knob looking thing on the end was a scribe. Two minutes in and learning. Bravo.

  9. Nixon Wu on January 6, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Do you recommend a 6" or 12" combination square if I could only buy 1?

  10. IG Banebridge on January 6, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    First – great video! Loving this series.

  11. The wood Boss on January 6, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Where can I buy a brass hammer that you use in your videos?

  12. Mike O on January 6, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Is the Starret combo square really that much better than a swanson? It’s $75 compared to $10 with pretty much the same reviews

  13. Adventures from the shed of dreams on January 6, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    Great video once again, your ability to explain woodworking techniques has really helped me to improve 🙂

  14. Dave Womack on January 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Very informative. Thank you for this

  15. Brandon Graham on January 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    I love the Veritas square. In my shop, my dad’s, and my grandpa’s, it is known as the Most Used Tool. Great videos, thanks for all the effort you put in for education.

  16. Fred McIntyre on January 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks for the info! 😃👍👊

  17. Harold Liles on January 6, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for this post – I was shopping for a marking knife and I knew you would have a good opinion. I searched your channel for marking knife and found my answer 😉

  18. Keenan Coby on January 6, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    My wife says height the same way you do I told her she was the only person to say it that way I stand corrected… Love the channel and can’t wait to purchase some plans God Speed brother

  19. Ken Olson on January 6, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Is there a draw back to going with an engineers square with measurements (like in examples link below) vs the one without markings shown in your video at 2:26min mark? It seems adjustable with markings would have greater use.


  20. Martin on January 6, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    I only use mafell tape measures!!!!!!!

  21. Stephen O'Brien on January 6, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    I don’t know why, but it irks the shit out of me when I hear people pronounce "Height" as "Hyth." I hear it everyday on YT. Great video none the less

  22. WhoaShop on January 6, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Love the video as always! One thing I’ve found really annoying is clamping because my workbench doesn’t currently have any vises. I’m always clamping random boards down to try and keep a piece stable while I’m planing another board up against it. I’m still trying to figure out a decent way to hold a board securely to try and cut dovetails, without having to clamp it so tightly that I dent the surface etc. So maybe a video around different ways of clamping different size boards without a vise? I recently watched a Diresta video about making a chessboard and saw the wedge method with one wedge screwed into the bench and the other tapped between the piece and the first wedge to clamp it. Stuff like that would be awesome. Thanks man, love all these videos, cheers!

  23. Dan Barrett on January 6, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    by the way love your magnetic Dovetail jig I just bought and made my very first dovetail keepsake box with….. great product..

  24. Franks DIY on January 6, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Great tool tips Katz

  25. Wolf Ridge Woodworking on January 6, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    I love these Essential Woodworking Skills videos! I’ve been looking at getting a few planes, but I’m very confused on which ones I need and how to properly use them. It would be awesome if you could make an Essential Woodworking Skills – Planes edition video. I look forward to seeing more videos in 2019. -Ed

  26. The wood Boss on January 6, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    And are you having any giveaways anytime soon?

  27. Trevor Dennis on January 6, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    It’s great to see you using the 1-2-3 blocks. I came to woodworking as a retired engineer and toolmaker, so I naturally bought my engineering skills and tools with me. 1-2-3 blocks (they also come in 25-50-75mm size) are incredibly versatile. I even use them for setting up jointer blades along with a DTI and scribing block. I have 6mm stud with a couple of nuts for joining the blocks together — extending the range of 150mm calipers for instance. They are the sort of tool you are forever finding new uses for. BTW They are totally affordable from the likes of wish and bangood, and easily spec’d well enough for wood, and acceptable for metal.

    I have an Incra square but never really use it. I don’t like the sloppy fit of the nuts in the T-slot, and even with my closest reading glasses I can barely see those tiny holes, and the pencil mark is so fine you can’t see it anyway. A nice idea, but not practical. I might invest in the Veritas square. I own about a dozen (probably more) squares, and was disappointed to find that none of them stand up to tool shop inspection checks. In fact my most accurate square is a Starrett combination set — that surprised me seeing as it comes to bits and has moving parts, even if it _was_ made by Starrett. The worst square I have came from and was sold as a Precision knife edged machinist square. Not only was it a long way from being square, the inner and outer were not even parallel, and by something like .05mm if memory serves,

  28. Mahendra Tiwari on January 6, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for the tips on the tools 😊

  29. Skip Drake on January 6, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Great advice thank you Sir!

  30. Carbonite Gamorrean on January 6, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    When it comes to your squares = get the best you can afford.

  31. Tom Lagatol on January 6, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Enjoying the series! I also like my festool tape, it lets me immediately “see” the metric-imperial numbers. A lot o guys nock Festool but I’m not one of them. I’ve got many Festools and they’ve never let me down. Thanks for another good vid.

  32. Robert Camacho on January 6, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Came across your YOUTUBE videos and I am very impressed by your ability to workers in woodworking. Your triple inlaid dovetails really caught my attention among other. Looking forward to viewing the others. Thank for sharing your knowledge.

  33. Johnny Tromboukis Woodworks on January 6, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    That measuring tape is like 3 tools in one. Thanks for sharing. I didn’t know that existed

  34. Myrkskog on January 6, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    I’ve been noticing that a lot of American folks say "heighTH" not "height". Real world Americans as well as youtubes.

  35. WB Fine Woodworking With Don Bullock on January 6, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Great video on the basics. It’s a good reminder for us veterans and excellent for those who are fairly new to woodworking.

  36. Michael Patrick Milligan on January 6, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Excellent demo. Fyi, you didn’t say what the micro-adjustable tool with the metal wheel on the end was called.

    Thanks again