Poor Man’s Beading & Marking Tool

Poor Man's Beading & Marking Tool

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In this video, Paul shows how to make a simple tool which he has been using all his working life. This screw in a block can be used as a beading tool or a marking gauge and is useful in many situations.

Beading & Marking Tool Variations

The simple poor man’s beading and marking tool can be adapted for other applications, such as a more specific beading tool or a gauge to mark out mortices or hinge recesses.


  1. Kirk Zabolio on 3 October 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks Paul, I already have the one screw marking tool but now I will make a two screw marking/mortis tool.

  2. rasberrc on 3 October 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Another Aha moment!

  3. Mihai on 3 October 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Wonderfull : simplicity is a way of thinking. Thank you.

  4. António on 3 October 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Once more… brilliant!
    Thank You

  5. Enzo Pellini on 3 October 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you, you are sharing a treasure trove of knowledge!

  6. Mexiquite on 3 October 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Loving it! Simple yet effective.

  7. hernanc on 3 October 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Totally LOVE your work!! Simplicity and the noise of the wood. THE MAN!! 😉

  8. jimvonculin on 3 October 2014 at 7:04 pm

    I can see that this tool would be useful, also, for marking a depth line in an interior opening such as in a relief carving. Thanks for another marvelously simple woodworking tool. Jim

  9. ekutan on 3 October 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Paul as you said, Perfect!

  10. Eddy Flynn on 3 October 2014 at 8:19 pm

    great tips, i’m gonna need a tool box just for the “poor mans” range of tools keep them coming thanks

  11. Chris Bunney on 3 October 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Wow! That bead was so quick to make and looks great!
    Thanks Paul for your wonderful “poor-man’s tool series” – it’s always inspiring!

  12. STEVE MASSIE on 3 October 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Paul I love these simple “handmade tools”, I made the single screw one a while back but will ad a few double screws to the arsenal.

    Thanks for sharing !


  13. HC on 4 October 2014 at 12:28 am

    Thanks for the practical insight – you make it seem so easy

  14. Sean Bibler on 4 October 2014 at 1:19 am

    I really like the simplicity of this tool!

  15. Carlos J. Collazo on 4 October 2014 at 3:03 am

    This is brilliant! Thank you!

  16. Mike Williams on 4 October 2014 at 4:06 am

    Great tool in a pinch!

  17. bigparny on 4 October 2014 at 8:06 am

    Brilliant and simple. the subscription value gets better and better. Thanks Paul and the team.

  18. Maurice Villari on 4 October 2014 at 9:44 am

    Brilliant use of commonly available items. Makes you wonder why you did not think of it yourself.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  19. tonywest on 6 October 2014 at 9:49 am

    I made the first tool with 1 screw – now i will make one with 2 screws! – Thanks again Paul -excellent.

  20. Jim Crawford on 7 October 2014 at 12:23 pm

    So clever!

  21. arie67 on 8 October 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Speachless! This is a way of original thinking. Outside the box and the toolindustry.

  22. Gordon Mackenzie on 22 October 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Paul, your ‘poor man’s’ beading tool is fantastic and very easy to make. I made it and now I have gone bead crazy. Keep them coming.

  23. robertparsons81 on 15 December 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Great i will make some thanks paul.

  24. Daniel Guzman on 5 September 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Thank You Paul ! I am so glad i found you, I am just about to retire and I’ve thinking in doing carpentry, of course I need some guideness and help, going to school for that is like wasting 80% of the time. You are a thru master carpenter and just by watching a few of your videos a learned quit a bit , I’m looking forward to a full membership.

  25. Spyros Asimakopoulos on 25 September 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I ‘m speechless with the greatness of your simplicity!!! Maybe I am the newest member of your company. I ‘m a starter but i ‘ll try very hard to create something from wood. Regards from a beautiful island of Greece!!!

  26. paddymurphy on 11 March 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I’m amazed Veritas haven’t approached you for the rights to produce it commercially!

  27. knight64 on 19 April 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Simple ideas are the best… Thank you

  28. jeffdustin on 17 September 2017 at 4:15 am

    I love the videos that make tools. Absolutely a joy to watch.

  29. Giulio D’Amore on 20 April 2020 at 7:13 am

    very nice! Thanks

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