Hints and Tips #24: Another use for those plastic cards

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 07-08-2016 11:21 PM 795 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 23: Uses for Those Plastic Cards Part 24 of Hints and Tips series Part 25: Old trick for an open miter »

Ever need a square and you don’t have one? If you don’t need extreme precision, this will at least allow you to strike a line straighter than freehand.

I was doing a project and being intentionally minimalist. I wanted to strike lines across a 1×2 to guide my eye for hand sawing. I grabbed one of my glue cards, folded in in half and presto, I had something like a square.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 07-09-2016 12:24 AM

Hmmm, I guess that works!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 07-09-2016 02:43 AM

It works great for dowels too!!!
Wrap it around a dowel or anything round and match up the edges and there you go.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#3 posted 07-09-2016 02:45 AM

It works great for dowels too!!!

- htl

I’ll have to admit, I’m not sure what you mean by that.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 07-09-2016 06:24 AM

I was in a similar predicament where I needed a long strait edge to draw a line but didn’t have one at hand and my friend told me to use a tape measure turn it upside down, the bow in the tape keeps it strait to make a nice strait edge to draw a line.

-- Vince

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#5 posted 07-10-2016 12:04 PM

I always keep an old credit card in the drawer under my scroll saw as it works great to ensure that the blade is aligned true.

-- Kepy

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