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Decide just about how wide you need your brackets – mark that dimension down in your notebook, so you don’t forget – and then measure from the end of your material with a tape measure.
If your material has a rough end, use the square to make a clean, square line across, then mark your length from that.
Use your marker to make just a little stroke mark at your length, then use the square to make a perpendicular line across the material. Put the lines on both “legs” of the material and make sure they go all the way to the edges.
Grab one of the brackets. Use your ruler to find the centre of the legs on each bracket and then draw a line.
Next, eyeball how far in you want your hole (at LEAST make sure your screw head won’t hang over the edge – but put it further inside than that anyway.)