Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Troy Michigan USA
Mr Amish, When you surface mark as indicated in your photo, you are telling yourself that the face side is flat (usually indicated with a cursive f...sometimes looks like a ribbon). Then after you have done that it allows you to joint at 90 degrees to that face, then mark it. By marking as you go you can keep track of which faces are square with which face. By marking the x on the end will let you know it is not finished yet (squared, planed or whatever). Marking your parts as you make them is a good practice (habit) because you can come back hours, days or weeks later and quickly determine what you've done. This works especially good in hand work, where you might end up re planeing the wrong side or edge not realizing that it was already done. Another tip is to pre decide which direction the grain is rising so that after gluing several boards together the grain rises in the same direction and you can hand plane in the right direction for less tear out.
Last edited by gmercer_48083; 06-09-2018 at 02:01 PM.