Different Types of Marking Tools Used In Carpentry

For making precise carpentry, the use of marking tools are necessary for marking and measuring the lines, diameters, and many more. Many tools mark and measure instruments, such as rules, combination sets, marking, gauges, try squares, etc.


Rules are the straight edge of steel and wood engraved in centimeters, millimeters, or inches-foot. It is used for marking and measuring the wooden part’s length, thickness, and width. Steel rules are flexible and you can find the perfect size and length of the rules. These rules help to check the straightness, measuring and marking the straight lines. 

Try Square

The tool and die company also make a try square that is generally used to check and measure the squareness, dimensions, and perpendicularity, test the completed end surfaces, and draw perpendicular and parallel lines. The blade and handle of this tool are at positioned at perfect angles. This tool tests the edge, level, and squareness of wooden surfaces. You can also use it to mark lines across the edge of the wooden block. Several graduations are used for marking and measuring purposes on wooden jobs. The blades of this tool are made up of hard-tempered steel that does not rust. 

Combination Set

Combination sets are generally used in the carpentry shop for different measurements. It consists of a head and blade. The blade of the tool’s marking comes with a groove cut along its length to allow it easily slides into the head. One side of the head can make a ninety-degree angle with the blade, and the other helps make a forty-five-degree angle. It can be measuring, marking, and setting different angles. It also serves as the try square, the angle gauge set to a 45-degree angle, the level checking, and the depth gauge.

Marking Gauge

The tool and die company makes the marking gauge out of wood, a necessary tool for making lines at a consistent distances. It is used principally when preparing the wooden components to size before the jointing process. For marking, you will have to push the gauge and it will be drawn to the body, but in any case, the spur does not trail. It tends to run and jump with the grain. It should not project far from the stem’s face for easy working. You can use it for marking the line parallel to any required distance. 

Cutting Gauge

The cutting gauge has a similar construction as the marking gauge. With only difference being the knife rather than the marking spur or pin. It is used for marking and gauging deep lines across the wood grain in the thicker sections. Cutting gauge is also used for setting the shoulder lines of similar joints and trimming the veneers parallel to the surface’s edge, such as box lids, edges of the tabletop, and drawer front. This gauge type will be highly useful for making small rebates to acquire inlay lines and is used in place of the marking gauge. The inlay lines are the thin wooden strips glued into the rebate cut around the veneered surface’s edge.

Mortise Gauge

It is an improved version of the marking gauge with primary components such as a sliding pin, fixed spins, brass strip, stem, thumb screw, and rosewood. The threaded part engages in the cylindrical nut embedded in the stem. You can also lock the stock in the position with the help of the metal screw. You can use this gauge for marking the parallel sides of mortises and tenons.

These are the top marking tools you can get if you want the perfect measurement for your DIY project.