Layout

Like birds on a wire, there can be quite few edge laps on a single workpiece. The trick is getting the laps spaced evenly. Andcare-fullayout is the key.

When laying out multiple edge laps, ifs tempting to use a small ruler and move it methodically to mark the workpiece every so many inches. But this isn't a good idea.

CREEP. What you'll eventually run into is what I call "creep." One time the mark is made on one side of the line on the ruler. Next time if s on the other. And all these little inconsistencies can add up as the ruler is moved along the workpiece.

To prevent this, I use a tape measure, see Step l.Thisway, I'm always measuring from one consistent point — the end of the work-piece. Of course, this method requires a little math. Butit keeps me from being offjust a hair each time. "Just a hair" can add up.

Mark both edges of each notch. Then extend these layout lines across the blank with a square. The reason for this is simple. An

Use square to extend layout lines across blank

Mark end of blank to orientpieces later (see Step 7)

Begin with an oversize blank. (This blank will be ripped into thin individual

Mark end of blank to orientpieces later (see Step 7)

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