How to Measure for Cutting Wood


Working with wood is a time-honored tradition, dating back to ancient times. For an industrious handyman, wood can be used to make tables, shelving, chairs or even houses. Working with wood is simple, but it takes patience and a keen eye. A vital skill for woodworking is knowing how to measure the wood. To make an accurate cut, you have to take the time to properly measure and mark the wood.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Framing square
  • Set the wood you will be cutting on a flat work surface.

  • Place the hook end of the tape measure on the end of the wood. Extend the tape measure out to the length you want to cut the wood.

  • Mark the length by drawing an arrow with the pencil, pointing at the length you want to cut.

  • Place the framing square across the wood and line it up through the center of the arrow. Draw a line through the arrow, following the framing square. To mark which side of the wood to cut, place an X on the side you haven't measured. When cutting, be sure the saw blade is on the side with the X on it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Measure twice, cut once. Be careful as you cut, and take your time.

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