Nige (逃げ) – Japanese for “escape” or “a way out”, and in the context of carpentry, to intentionally move away from or cut something shy of the real measurement. For example, flooring can be cut several millimeters away from the wall to make for easier installation if floor trimming will be fixed afterward. Or an inkline might be snapped a predetermined distance away from the actual line due to obstacles such as interior columns. You then manually transfer the line the predetermined measure back. It helps to use a block of wood or such that is the exact measure, holding it together with whatever you’re securing to the inkline.

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