Measuring and marking-out

Marking-out a length of wood with a ruler and pencil
Accurate measuring and marking out is needed for well-made products

Measuring and marking-out is a key part of any practical project. Planning for this will help ensure the success of the project and reduce the chance of mistakes and waste.

The aim is to prepare the materials you are working with for the next stages of the production process. Failure to measure and mark-out materials properly can lead to joints that do not match up or are incorrectly aligned and connected.

There are several key points to measuring and marking out correctly:-

  • reading dimensions from sketches or drawings correctly
  • choosing appropriate tools for your task and material
  • using tools correctly and accurately
  • checking over your measuring and marking out to ensure it is accurate