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Forum topic by Belg1960 posted 01-12-2014 02:18 PM 1223 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2014 02:18 PM

Guys, I have been watching how to videos like NYW, You tube guys and always it seems like they skim over this part. The lines and tool setups are always just perfect for the “money” shot. I was wondering is there a good thread/video(s) relating to this?? I really need to work on consistency in layout and repeatable actions.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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Mark Davisson

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#1 posted 01-12-2014 02:32 PM

Pat, I’m not completely sure I’m understanding your question. If you’re asking for a reference to someone who is obsessive about layout and repeatable actions and explains how and why he does it, I’ll refer to you to Allan Little on Youtube. He is known there as “askwoodman.” He has hours and hours and hours of videos there, but it’s hard to find any of his videos that DOESN’T address the subject of layout and repeatability.

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#2 posted 01-12-2014 03:17 PM

Great question about an area that I certainly need to address.
thanks for the youtube cite, Mark.

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#3 posted 01-12-2014 10:55 PM

If I understand the question concerning layouts and repeatable cuts:

When iʻm making several pieces that are identical, I just layout the first cut line and test cut it. Of course Iʻm assuming you are doing this on a tablesaw. I use a cross cut sled and a stop block. Before I cut it, I just nick the board and measure to confirm that the cut is correct. Then I complete the cut and do the rest of the multiple cuts. I donʻt waste time laying out each cut line.

This is especially critical when making boxes or carcasses. When all the pieces are cut to identical lengths, the box usually ends up square when assembled.

If this is being done on a miter saw, I do the same thing and set up a way to have stop blocks for repeatability.

Hope this answers your question.

Do you have a particular thing that youʻre making that I could address?

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#4 posted 01-12-2014 11:25 PM

Guys, thanks for the replies. Right now my immediate need would be to layout a lock rabbet joint for the front of a drawer. The other thing would be a mortise and tenon joint that has a small setback.
I do my own measuring just like you describe, but am looking for ways to do layout without using a ruler like I keep seeing.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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