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Ever get tired of the wind blowing your measurements away and having to chase?

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Blog entry by Blackie_ posted 07-11-2012 12:29 PM 1325 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

here’s a tip that I was just made aware of and tought.

After doing my mom’s kitchen cabinets we hired a trim contractor to do the trim job and I noticed him walking around with a 6”x 12” x 3/4” piece of wood that he was writing measurements on so I asked if he reused it over and over as I was kind of getting that impression he stated yes it saves him having to buy paper over and over and he no longer has to chase down the measurements when a strong wind blows them away, made perfect since to me.

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Thought I’d clear it up a bit and add an example
When an off site contractor has to preform work at a location in which entails having to make several trips inside and outside to preform cuts he lays his measurements somewhere close to his work if it’s on paper he’s always having to set something heavy on it as to keep it from blowing away, if he forgets a wind picks up then he’s off and running, clipboards would be an exception to a piece of scrap board with measurements written down on it, no worries about having to chase down your measurements.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs



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Roger

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#1 posted 07-11-2012 12:53 PM

this could be another good “app” for Steves “I-Wood” plan. :) Sounds logical to me

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Donna Menke

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#2 posted 07-11-2012 01:18 PM

Doesn’t everybody? It is always easier to find a piece of wood scrap as I’m working at the bench, than a piece of paper. I even doodle on the poor bench top too. Isn’t it nice how renewable our resources are. Afterwards I can sand and reuse!

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Blackie_

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#3 posted 07-11-2012 01:35 PM

Donna I had done it on occasions but I never thought about using a board all the time and the wind blowing never crossed my mind either.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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dbhost

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#4 posted 07-11-2012 02:20 PM

I have a 12” hunk of 2×4 I have been using to hold measurements for years.. I ought to upgrade to this method! More room for sketches.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#5 posted 07-11-2012 03:00 PM

Paper works great for me. I have a large stack of 5×7 tablets I bought years ago for a few dollars and keep them in several locations in my shop. The only wind in my shop is the ceiling fans so they don’t blow away. The used paper makes good kindling for the burn pile.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 07-11-2012 05:30 PM

Greg yea makes since, I was focusing more so on contractors that have are in and out.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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derosa

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#7 posted 07-12-2012 04:04 AM

I always wrote the measurement on whatever I had to cut, sees to it I’m always cutting the right piece to the right size.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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Sarit

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#8 posted 07-12-2012 09:08 AM

Am I the only one who uses a spiral notebook of graph paper or a clipboard?

Scrapwood doesn’t feed very well in my printer when printing out sketchup drawings.

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DocSavage45

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#9 posted 08-02-2012 04:17 PM

LOL! Love it, says the guy who says” Now where the#$%^ is my measuring tape! Pencil? No (**&^^ writing tools” Need a break “Oh there it is!” I grab paper from my printer and use a clip board if I can find it. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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