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  1. I’ve made this mistake a few times when I’ve not been concentrating on the cut. It’s always followed by a “oh for F Sake!” 🤣

  2. Absolutely! For the life of me I could not figure out why every cut I made was always slightly short. Kept thinking I was measuring wrong and started adding 1/4 inch to my measurements, cutting and then trimming down until it fit. Eventually I realized what I was doing wrong and I confirmed it after watching videos like yours.

  3. That’s why the Festool Kapex, among other tools, have two laser lines. The distance between the two laser lines is the thickness of the blade.

  4. Don’t forget to also Mark which side of the line you are cutting (the waste side) by shading it if you are going to make a few cuts

  5. I know you have your doubts about this format but this is a great example of it – not sure how YT plan to monetise it in the long run though

  6. Don’t “pick one side or the other” to cut on. Always cut on “the appropriate side” instead.

  7. I just built some walls and i did a great job until i found one board that was 1/8 inch shorter than the rest. Humm i wonder how that happened. Talk about face palm. But for a non professional getting 23 out of 24 cuts perfect is definitely a plus for me.

    1. This is why I learned to use stop blocks. It often doesn’t matter if a cut is 1/8″ off so long as all the other boards that are supposed to be the same size are 1/8″ off as well.

  8. After making a cut line – I always put a small “x” mark on the “offcut” side. So I do not need to forgot or I am not confused after rotating the piece before actual cut.

    1. similar to surgeon writing on people’s part “remove this leg” to make sure they don’t amputate the wrong arm/leg

    1. Yeah. Too bad the add I had to watch before it played was 15 seconds long. Watching a 15 second ad to watch a 30 second clip is unacceptable YouTube.

  9. Man it took me like 7 freaking years to learn this. Like it was literally 2021 before I really figured this out.

  10. I was taught to try to cut the line in half. Life was so much simpler in middle school wood shop class. 😉

  11. GREAT point. I also tell all to allow for the kerf when laying out their cut plans, especially on plywood. They fail to allow for the kerf between cuts and always end up short.

  12. Years ago when I cut up a full sheet of plywood for the first time, I couldn’t figure out why the last of my 24″ strips wasn’t 24″. Somehow, I’d envisioned a saw working like a knife or scissors and ‘splitting’ the wood, even though it’s obvious that it doesn’t.

    1. Please tell me you didn’t take it back to Home Depot or whomever complaining that they were shorting you by nearly 1/2″.

  13. When I first started woodworking, as an artist, I always confused the term ‘kerf’ with ‘kern’, and I wonder if they’re at all related; kerf refers to the blade’s thickness, kern refers to the spacing between letters on a page/screen—each being a width to take in to consideration.

  14. Yes I’ve always cut to one side of the line, HOWEVER, cutting on the correct side of the line, even if I have marked which side to cut on, still evades my brain every so often and my work piece is the kerf width too short….. WEEEEEEEE that’s always fun!!

  15. You can go further than that and consider the thickness of the pencil line (i like using mechanical penciles, the lead line is smaller, and stays the same size).

  16. Even for a mere mortals channel this seems rather obvious to me. If you look at your work or the blade passing thru it, you only do this wrong once.
    The measuring taper on my saw table even accounts for it.

  17. For me it is: measuring, then measuring again, then making sure the saw blade aligns perfectly… and then realizing I just cut the wrong board.

  18. Please do a more detailed video about this. I always find myself second guessing where to add or take away the 1/8th inch.

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