Saturday, January 2, 2021

Cutting Straight

Yes, I know:  you have cork under your ruler.....

BUT.....Cutting against a metal straight edge will work well, until you cut a big piece for an expensive project.
And then the straight edge will slip and you will cut into your project leather......     [Learning from a friend...]

So I suggest this:
Use a ruler / straight edge and a scratch awl to mark the line where you want to cut.  Then make the cut freehand!

Because during the marking phase you can focus just on keeping the ruler straight.   Then when you do the cut, you can just focus on that and do not have to worry to also keep the ruler stable.

Here it is in action:



  1. What I do is use a corner vise and a long shelving standard that holds shelf brackets at stores. It grips to the edge of the table, it holds down the cutting board and straightedge to the table, and you can have a straightedge up to 10 feet long. Best part, it will not move out of place and mess up your line.

  2. You are one of my favorites teachers

  3. I find this to be the best way for me. Invariably I will do exactly as you demonstrated and ruin a project. Glad I’m not the only one.