Making straight lines is not one of my Top 10 Skills in Life. It’s probably not even in my Top 20, which is one of many reasons I am obsessed with my drafting triangles.
Using the triangle is easy – and it completely obviates the need to do that thing where you measure four inches down from the top in five different places across your paper and then line your ruler up with the marks. Instead, you line up one side of the triangle with a perpendicular straight edge, and you’re good to go!
I used a drafting triangle extensively on this piece, for example, where I had to draw lines for the bar, all of the shelves, the tops and sides of those light boxes, and the molding on top.
I also use it every time I need to make vertical stripes, wood panels, fence posts, and the like.
I think I own five or so triangles, but since I am forever misplacing them, I might have to get five more. (A tip for both of us: Don’t get ones with rounded edges. They don’t go all the way to the edge of the paper!)
What’s your favorite tool for under $5?