Tools to Use for measuring and marking wood or boards
For this DIY job, you will need a tape measure, a sharp pencil or trimming knife, a try square, and a portable workbench or other firm work surface.
Steps to measure and mark wood or boards
- Hook the end of your tape measure over one end of the wood you’re measuring.
- Pull the tape out beyond the length you want to measure.
- Make a pencil or knife mark on the wood in the right place.
- Check the measurement to make sure it’s accurate.
- On wood or boards more than about 150 mm/ 6 in wide, make several length marks and join them up with a pencil and ruler.
- Hold the try square with its wooden stock pressed against the edge of the wood and its blade aligned with the length mark.
- Mark the cutting line on the wood along the blade of the try square, then turn the wood on edge and continue the line down each face.
- On manufactured boards, measure from adjoining edges of the board to mark the two cutting lines, and use the try square to check that these lines are at right angles.