Lettering Guide and Other Drafting Tools

Lettering guides are essential drafting tools for technical drawings as they contain cut-out letters, numbers and special characters to ensure uniform text across pages. Drafters use them to help ensure text readability.

Guidelines provide consistency and structure to your lettering, leading to visually appealing results. Lettering guides typically feature one or more long, thin holes on their triangle edges for guidance purposes.


A ruler is a flat, rectangular measuring tool marked with units of length such as inches or centimeters that is used to measure distances between points and is an essential part of math work. Students can benefit from learning more about different kinds of rulers as well as how they should be read.

Rulers are an invaluable asset when it comes to lettering guide drafting, as they help draftsman determine the height of letters and lines. But draftsmen should keep in mind that rulers do not always provide exact measurements of space between letters due to different sizes of glyphs that require different widths; so using a small triangle ruler is key for controlling vertical straightness.

Historically, rulers were constructed from wood or polystyrene material and marked with length markings by handwriting or other methods. Today however, some rulers can also be molded with these markings instead of being handwritten; while metal rulers offer greater durability. Draftsmen sometimes also utilize scale rulers and architectural rulers specifically tailored for floor plan design with grooved edges better suited for technical pens as well as multi-view orthographic projections.


A T-square is a tool used by draftsmen to draw straight lines accurately. It derives its name from its T-shaped profile; featuring an extended metal strip called the blade mounted at right angles to a short piece of plastic known as its head and designed to rest against the edge of a drawing board while its sliding action keeps the T square accurate and free of warp or nicks. For maximum accuracy, the edge must remain free from nicks or warps and warps to guarantee precision when drawing straight lines accurately.

Before using your T-square, attach a sheet of Bristol paper to your worktable by taping it down flatly. Place an AMES guide and T-square on top, making sure that its last hole corresponds with the first line you drew; this will help ensure that everything aligns correctly to prevent skewed lines.

T-squares should be used properly. Their heads should be centered over an AMES guide, with equal pressure applied on both sides. This will prevent it from loosening and falling off of the drafting board. Furthermore, transparent edges on T-squares allow you to see underneath it for accurate drafting that helps avoid errors which could ruin your work. Normographs were among the earliest lettering guides used in technical drafts dating back to the first decade of the 20th century – these guides contained templates of basic letter and numeral parts which could then be combined together into complete letters and numerals; these required significant craftsmanship to use effectively.

Masking tape

The lettering guide is an indispensable tool for hand drawing letters. With its rotating disk and wide selection of line spacing sizes and cross-hatch marks, it is suitable for students, architects, builders, interior designers, engineers and assistants – especially students! Crafted from transparent plastic for professional results while being long lasting.

Masking tape is an indispensable industrial tool. It protects surfaces from damage while helping prevent paint bleed. Available in an assortment of widths, materials, and adhesives – masking tape has been utilized everywhere from poster displays to automobile production lines – the key is finding one suitable to your own specific application.

High-quality masking tape should easily erase India ink without leaving crumbs behind, is resistant to weathering and temperature extremes, doesn’t damage paper easily and won’t tear easily; these qualities make it particularly helpful when using children’s artwork and drawings on walls, windows or doors; its adhesive should not be too strong as that could destabilise drawing surfaces; medium tack tape will work perfectly in these applications.


A pencil is an invaluable tool for drafting and lettering. Depending on its type and user, pencils can be used in many different ways: sharpened to a fine point or used with different thicknesses to draw lines of different colors or shades – while some even use it to practice their handwriting styles!

Step one of this procedure involves creating the minimum height reference. This is achieved by drawing horizontal lines of various widths on paper. These measurements can then be measured against an AMES guide scale; usually 1:1 ratio will suffice; other ratios may also be suitable.

Once a drafter has established their minimum height, they can begin drawing guidelines – light lines which serve to control letter height and ensure uniform text height across pages of their draft document. It is easy to forget or overlook drawing them properly so make sure that you use this opportunity wisely!

There is an array of pencils on the market, so it is wise to select one that meets your individual needs. Each pencil varies in hardness levels; therefore, selecting a suitable pencil for your project is key – for instance, hard pencils tend to produce dark thin lines while soft ones produce thicker strokes.