This might seem totally obsessive, but I am an efficiency Nazi in my shop. Wasted movements drive me crazy and any time I can get into a habit that saves me a few seconds it makes me happy. This is of course especially true in the case of repetitive tasks.
One such task is marking the layout lines of a board to cut it square. If you have been working with hand tools for even a short time you have probably heard to “Reference only from your true face and true edge”. This is sage wisdom, but let’s add a bit to it. Start on your true face across the true edge. Like so.
Once you have marked one line, rotate the piece towards the true edge. Like so (forgive the blur, but I have been trying to post this tip for a while and I kind of give up on the photo shoot…sorry)
Then flip your square over and do the other two sides.
Why do it this way? Because you only have to flip your square over once…I told you it’s a rather neurotic, but it will save you time and headache on days where you are doing this with a lot of components.
Here is what I mean. About 30 seconds to lay out the end.
For reasons beyond my understanding, I am unable to post this video, despite having been able to post it successfully in the Measuring and Marking Tools or Your Dreams forum (also despite the fact that the video worked at first). When I figure it out I will edit and bump the post. Sorry.
Bonus tip per Brit (I hope you don’t mind):
Another tip which you did on the video but didn’t talk about was to set your marking knife in the indentation left by marking the previous face and move your square up to the knife. Guaranteed accuracy.
-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan