Keeping Track of Project Parts

Poll - July 22, 2012

I don’t care how long you’ve been woodworking, there’s always a chance of screwing up. When all the parts of a project are the same color, similar shape, and almost the same size, it is incredibly easy to forget which part is which. This can really bite you in the butt when it comes time to do the assembly. So I have adopted a system I like to call, “Mark the heck out of the board!”. I use any shapes, symbols, or words that make sense to me at the time. Legs are labeled as FR, FL, RR, and RL. Cabinet sides are labeled Top, Bottom, Front, and Back. And I constantly use cabinet maker’s triangles for grain continuity. So how about you? How do you keep track of your various project parts?

This poll was created by Tom Iovino of

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