Use a pencil to mark cutting lines to make them easier to see.
I always cope my miters when installing base trim. I start by cutting the trim at a 45° angle, and I then use a combination of a miter saw and coping saw or jigsaw to cut the profile. Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish between the end grain and the face grain. To make my cutting line easier to see, I simply highlight the cut edge of the trim board with the side of my pencil. It’s a superfast and simple way to create a dark and clearly visible cutting guide.
—Josh Risberg, Rosemount, Minn.
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller.
From Fine Homebuilding #311