Introduction: Centerline Marker "I Made It at TechShop"

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This is a quick and easy project. This little tool will help you find the center of a board each and every time with no measuring. You can make this out of any scrap piece of wood in your shop. I made this in a matter of approximately 30 minutes at using the compound miter saw and the drill press.

Step 1: Use Any Piece of Scrap Wood

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You can use any piece of scrap wood you have laying around the shop. I used a 1" x 1 1/2" x 4" piece of leftover poplar I had from my love spoon carvings.

Step 2: Hardware Used

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I purchased the hardware at Lowes for approximately $3.00. You coul also use wooden dowels instead of the aluminum posts.

Step 3: Drill Your Holes

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Start by drilling a center hole large enough for a #2 pencil. Then drill a hole 1/2" from each end for your aluminum posts or wooden dowels. Finally, you will drill a hole in the side for your eye bolt. This will be used to clamp your pencil in place.

Step 4: Mount Your Hardware

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Once you have all the holes drilled, you can then mount your hardware. The tool is then ready to use. All you need to do is set the tool onto a board and twist left or right. This will place the pencil in the center of the board. Quick and easy.

I made this project at using their tools, but you can make this in your own shop in no time at all.


Stievie (author)2014-07-10

Simple yet effective !

jennyxls (author)2014-05-25

Wow this is gobsmacking brilliant. I bet, like me, every reader is, has or is planning to make their own jig.

I love the combination of clever design, simplicity of construction and recycling scrap materials into a valued shop tool. Thank you so much. You deserve an award!

brandt e (author)2014-05-24

Awesome! Very handy.

schoonovermr (author)2014-05-24

This is awesome, I will definitely be making one soon

-BALES- (author)2014-05-23

Nice. Shop made marking tools save a ton of time. Mine is made from a Poplar cut off and Oak dowel scraps. Pencil is just a tight friction fit.

NytraM (author)2014-05-23

very cool made one today with some spare time I love stuff like this

2shedrob (author)2014-05-23

Good one! Thank you for putting this on-line.

gkuhlman (author)2014-05-23

This is genius!

asteadman (author)2014-05-22

Brilliant! Thank you for sharing.

craftclarity (author)2014-05-22

Oh, is that ever clever. Nice!

walkernstan (author)2014-04-29

Neat, thanks

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Bio: I am an intermediate woodworker. I also enjoy wood carving, but I am just getting started. I am currently a member of TechShop and this ... More »
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