There are a few tools that have really helped me layout all the lines for this build. I will show the essential tools below and explain their purpose.
These tools have proved very helpful:
- The 48″ T-square. This allows me to make perpendicular marks all the way across a sheet of plywood. This has been extremely helpful to keep the layout lines accurate.
- The 36″ straight metal ruler. Handy for measuring shorter lines.
- 12′ tape measure. Ideal for longer lines, like 96″. If you are buying this tool for this build, buy a 25′ tape measure. I already own this 12′ so I’m using it.
- 6″ trisquare. Helpful for scribing short 90 degree markings.
- A fat pencil. Lays down a thicker line you can cut from.
- A thin pencil. For markings that require more accuracy.
The most important of all these tools for me has been the 48″ T-square. It has made the layout markings fast and accurate. It’s so fun to mark this beautiful plywood and watch the lines take shape. Going from paper to actual wood pieces is a very rewarding process to observe. You think you have a feel for the proportions, but until you cut the wood you’re never quite sure. Once you cut, it all starts to make sense. I’m having a total blast here folks.