Marking and measuring wood tips that helps homeowners and people that are new to the carpentry trade.Always read a rule straight on, with your eyes directly in front of or above the point being read. If you're off to one side, your reading will be distorted. For more accurate marking and measuring, hold a ruler on its edge rather than flat against the surface. Mark points at the tip of a V so that they'll be easier to spot. Here's a quick, easy way to make a long, straight line. Pin two points of a carpenter's chalk line to the surface. Lift the taut line at an intermediate point and allow it to snap back quickly. The result will be a straight chalk line.

To duplicate an irregular line or edge, hold the pivot of a compass on the line or against the edge to be duplicated and move both points evenly as you scribe.If like you know the span of your hand, you can approximate measurements when you don't have a ruler. With your fingers spread out as widely as possible measure the distance between the tips of your thumb arid your pinky. When measuring distance, "walk" your hand along the surface, counting the "steps"; then multiply by your hand span. For short distances, use a finger segment that approximates 1 inch.

You can also use your feet for if you put your heel against your toe and measure it you could then walk in a room or area and give a ruff but good estimate on the size of the area.

To divide a board into equal sections, lay a ruler at an angle across the board. Align the end of the rule with one edge of the board. At the other edge, position an inch mark that is evenly divisible by the number of sections you want. Mark the appropriate intervals along the rule. Thanks for reading this page on marking and measuring wood and more basic carpentry tips in the future stay tuned.