Marking and Cutting Pro Tips

Marking and Cutting Pro Tips

How to mark a board, and then scribe and cut accurately. This is a simple enough process, but a few tips can make a big difference in the fit of your piece . Tape measure pro tips here

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  1. jstar131313 on July 19, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Good explanation 👍

  2. Trident Strength on July 19, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    262 people that know nothing of carpentry downvoted this video.

  3. Layarion on July 19, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    i love all the little gotcha’s and angles he covers.

  4. Cedar Poplar on July 19, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    I like to mark a small 1/8th to a quarter mark and then give it a long tail. I’ve seen someone do it once and it stuck

  5. Patrick Crabtree on July 19, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    As a cut man I always split my line and use my square as as a guide works great with finish work also as a habit no matter what I’m using it for I crown the board

  6. stephenpaddy 31 on July 19, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Love these videos. You can’t learn better than from the old school. Legend

  7. ImagineNation on July 19, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Love this guy

  8. CF on July 19, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Everytime I watch one of your video’s I think to myself: I really need to watch more of these

  9. Tommy Kennedy on July 19, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Another reason for the crows foot is; a single mark one side can be the correct length while the other can be drastically off. If you don’t immediately follow up with a square it’s easy to waste material

  10. Claymore93 on July 19, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    As a very modest DIY-er, your videos have been invaluable to me. I can’t thank you enough!

  11. Cody Myers on July 19, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Keep it up big guy. This is my 2nd year in construction and my first 6 months of Contracting my own jobs on the side. You’ve taught me more in 3 videos than I’ve learned with 10 or more contractors over the last couple years. You do a great job at teaching and explaining.

  12. Joey Hensley on July 19, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    I really like the razor idea.
    Follow up with a fine point pencil.
    Hopefully your speed Square is one with an incorporated pencil guide that you can use.
    Or, a chalk line down the razor scoring.

    Personally, I like to LEAVE the mark on the board so it is still visible on the usable piece after the cut
    For me, it helps to flatten the learning curve if I have to remeasure and recut.

  13. max4296 on July 19, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    one thing vids like this fail to address is whether to include the width of the hash mark of whatever analog measuring tool you’re using into your total measured length.

  14. John Arata on July 19, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    Great videos! Very well thought out. Thank you.

  15. teriyakipuppy on July 19, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you for this very useful information.

  16. Ken Cunningham on July 19, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    using a pencil to pull saw dust out of someone’s eye?

  17. DeadlyPlatypus on July 19, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    1. China markers/grease pencils
    2. I always mark the waste piece with an "X"

  18. sam 65835 on July 19, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks! I was expecting this video somewhere in your archives, I was much in need of this lesson, I am happy I am learning from. Timeless!

  19. Native American on July 19, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Yeah we have to take pride in our work!!!

  20. Dominic Barsi on July 19, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    I learned to always make the tick mark, and then "x" the side of it to be cut…no guessing.

  21. Mikey on July 19, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    nice presentation, and you have another subscriber. Thanks

  22. Jon Hill on July 19, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    You’ve really outdone yourself on this one sir. Might I add, accurate work involves three elements.
    1. Measure accurately
    2. Mark accurately
    3. Cut accurately

    You’ve addressed the second element in this video, ad nauseum. I suggest companion videos on the other two, for without all three, accurate and precise work is not guaranteed.

  23. Jake on July 19, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    You forgot to mention the most important piece of advice:

    "Measure twice, cut once."

  24. 1n4r0m5d1 on July 19, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    That pencil is always nice to have

  25. M West on July 19, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    You he’s legit when he recommends a carpenter pencil to get things out of your eyes. 🙂

  26. John Carlson on July 19, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    I work with a lot of grayed barn wood. Try a pencil on that. Lol

  27. Brian Samaniego-Howard on July 19, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Never subscribed so fast. I enjoy people who teach a craft they’re passionate about, knowledgeable of, and experienced through and through. Thank you

  28. Mr.eastcoast Grow on July 19, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    When I mark my boards I make a simple line with a crows foot on the side I want the blade to be.

  29. Andrei Fedorov on July 19, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you for a great video. One more marking tool I employ now is a pumper paint marker, I use blue and red it is excellent just like the sharpie but also bright and visible and marks many surfaces. I also like some new pencils that take a spare led that are marking wood in all weather and are soft and very visible.

  30. Claudy Focan on July 19, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    As someone who works as an industrial elektromechanic. We repair equipment, maintain it and make new machines and parts at the customer’s request.

    So a lot of welding, metalworking is involved.

    We use scratch needles, paint markers, or a piece of soapstone. Some people like to cut it off at a sharp angle so you can draw a very sharp line with them.

    I mainly use soapstone to mark the location of a tack, rough lines and markings. Paint marker is for writing and markings. As it will stay on there, even if it gets wet by coolant from a saw or a milling machine. Can also be used to color gearteeth to watch the wear pattern.

    Scratch needles are great for a thin, sharp line for a cut with an angle grinder, badsaw, cutoff saw etc.

    They even make some markers nowadays specially for welding that light up due to the intense UV-light that comes off the welding process.

  31. Abdul Aziz on July 19, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Thank You SIr

  32. Joanne Mackey on July 19, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you for showing how to sharpen a carpenyer pencil!

  33. D Veloso on July 19, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    I really like the way you explain things. I just found your channel a couple days ago. I can fully relate to the way you do things. I makes me feel better because I been thinking that I was an extremist, but I see that you also understand my basic approach to things. " A hell of a lot easier than having to put it back together, is not letting it break in the first place" It has served me well. As far as the pencil use, I personally try not to use #2’s, the line just keep on getting thicker as it is used. With a carpenter pencil I will sharpen one end regular and the other end I will leave the full width of the graphite and the use something ( sandpaper to concrete floor) to create a chisel point that can mark very fine line that will rival a box cutter. This type of point also lasts. I personally like to put a small mark and then put something like two half ellipse to highlight the location. This works well on weathered plywood and lumber.
    Like you said a little mark and you turn around or leave and come back, it is hard to find the actual mark. Congratulations for your videos.

  34. SchMasHed on July 19, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Phenomenal video. I would like to add a few things I feel you may have glossed over though. Just my thoughts on it of course, not the end all be all.
    When making cuts I always put on X on the cutoff side. It makes it easy to remember which side of the line I need to cut on if I get called away and have to come back.
    When you pick up a cutoff for blocking or backing or whatever, you know which side is NOT the factory edge.
    I also use the X to mark which side of the line the stud will sit when doing layout. Just cover the X with the stud and it will be on center.
    Don’t forget that cripples, jacks or kings can always use a mark. Be it circles like some framers use or C J K written above the X.
    Also thank you for including razor knives as a marking tool. Really great for chisel work.

    Anyway, thank you for all the time and effort you put into your videos. They are amazing.

  35. Dawid H Abdullah on July 19, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Very easy to understand your tips & tutorials (if you call that is). I’m no Carpenter but an marine who had to retire by the age of 40. But I always liked photography & carpentry, which I never had the opportunity or should I say took the opportunity to do. Since my spinal injury that left me hanging, I am self teaching myself to those I could/should do, cause sitting on my butt all day is not something I’m prepared to do. Although, my spinal injury that happened when I was only 19/20, it caught me up when I was 40 and ending up snap my neck in two places in 2017 (aged 49). So, heavy work is not that something I can do but I would like to do things those won’t effect me much. Now, you probably thinking why on earth I’m telling you this! Good question as well! As I said, I’m self teaching myself therefore, watching and reading publications to learn how to… since I’m watching your (I’m been honest) contents I learnt a few bits here and there as and when. So my question is (at last), when I mark a board/piece of would that I can cut using Circular Saw/Table Saw/Mitre Saw (Saw is something I am not allowed due to my neck), where/which side should I make the Cut please? I always get confused and end up cutting wrong! Thank you very much in advance!

    Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience if I may cause! Look after yourself and each other & *_Stay Safe_* …

  36. Andy Walker on July 19, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Your videos are simply excellent. Your ability to teach is impressive. Whether the topic be something mundane or complex, something applicable to the viewer or totally unrelated to their wheelhouse. Beyond that, I can’t imagine there would be one person that wouldn’t agree with me when I say that your genuine character and passion are thoroughly reflected in every word and gesture. Thank you for being a true inspiration and resource to others.

  37. Rob Wells on July 19, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Love this channel

  38. OldSkoolWayy on July 19, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    And I thought carpenter pencils were called a " Lumber Pencil"

  39. Rick Sanchez on July 19, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    You would probably laugh at me getting a new bundle of carpenters pencils. Running the blade of the table saw down to about 1/4" up, then laying them flat and running them over the blade making an awesome little cove sharp. No jig, just a pencil mark on the saw after the first one, and not saying to do it, lol.

  40. sharpie1069er on July 19, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    I enjoy all of your videos. Thank you for your knowledge!

  41. SXS4L on July 19, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Are you hiring. I’m considering a second retirement job….

  42. Jaytee on July 19, 2022 at 11:20 pm


  43. sealtechblades on July 19, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Great instruction! Thank you. An old Amish carpenter years ago explained this to me and took it even a step further and used the dialing marks to mean different things with each mark. The first was a straighter mark used to indicate your measurement while the second was an angled mark to indicate which side of the line the blade needed to fall on. Using this method, I e been able to measure down to within 128th of an inch the rare times it was necessary.

  44. Adriana Kuzmikova on July 19, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    why not using needle? its more precise than any of those you showed here.

  45. Misanthropic Magnate on July 19, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Leave the line take the line? I’ve always heard it as heavy or light

  46. southernexposure123 on July 19, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    The worst cuts I ever made were marked with a combination square.

  47. Darren Masom on July 19, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    I’m a joiner/ finishing carpenter/ kitchen installer. This is all very true advice.

  48. Rocky on July 19, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Wow, this might be one of your best videos. The accuracy of cutting a line was a brain opener. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  49. landrec2 on July 19, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Man knows his stuff, holy crow.

  50. MrShazaamm on July 19, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    I use a utility knife or a rabid beaver to remove a speck from a coworkers eye, sometimes it’s best to use a small caliber rifle like a 5.56🤷