“MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SIX-FOOT FOLDING RULES!” Most people today use a flexible metal tape for measurement, except for some old-timers. There are reasons for this besides stubborn intransigence – although that surely plays a part. First, most set-in-their-ways people like me suspect metal things are more affected by temperature than wooden things, which is correct. Steel thermally expands or contracts roughly three times as much as the wood in a ruler. For example,...
This is what I like to do with most pencils in my shop! Thanks for watching!
Many years ago I was in the typesetting business. One of the tools that I used was a Pica rule. I ran across this one a couple of years ago and have been using it daily since then. The hook on the end makes for extremely accurate measurements of up to 12”. They make one that is about 18”, but I haven’t been able to track one that long down. You can find them at Precision Graphic Instruments for only $9.50. Great little tool.
Here are some more photos showing the progress of my saws cabinet. It fits perfectly where it’s supposed to then when I connect the outfeed table and Biesmeyer style fence to it there should be no problem with maintaining alignment.I think I’ll put about two feet out the back for the outfeed table not including the mounting/hinge area. I’m going to make my own hinges instead of purchasing them; just brackets with dowels for the pins. Then, probably 8...
I came across this cool angle fixture as they are characterizing it but it has far more potential than just this; I see it as an angle tool for all sorts of applications. At the very least I hope it is inspiring to others.http://airfieldmodels.com/information_source/how_to_articles_for_model_builders/tools/magnetic_building_board/variable_angle_fixtures.htm
I’ve had the great opportunity to watch Paul Seller’s series of DVD’s along with read a lot of Christopher Schwartz’s material and being a newcomer, I’ve come to the conclusion that when most of start out, we tend to over think everything. We have had it drilled into our heads in everything we’ve done up until this point that we must MEASURE everything we do. If I’ve learned anything so far, and I’m glad I’m learning it now, is that MEAS...
Hand Tools: Thrift Stores, Hock Shops and Garage Sale acquisitions #2: Squeezers and Measuring Tools
Everybody needs a leather punch. Don’t leave your shop without having one there. And if you need leather, like from a belt, try a thrift store. Usually a buck. The other three tools are for sheet metal work. I don’t know what they’re called, but the last one is a clever notching tool. I have used all three when I’ve had to add to or modify my dust collection ducting. They don’t lay well in a drawer, but when you need them, yeah, way cool. The middle...
My Grandfather—they tell me—had many careers . In one of them, he owned some sort of small, wildly unsuccessful machine shop. Nobody knows the details. One of his things that I’ve had … pretty much all my life … and NEVER knew what it was … was a black box with something like eight or ten differently sized metal blocks, and some plastic “button.” Only when I started woodworking did I figure out what they were. They’re GAU...
Just a few ways I estimate measurements. If you have any other neat ways to measure things, post them in the comments! Steve
I found this article, the other day, and keep coming back to it—both literally and in my mind. Figured I’d share it. I plan to keep all of this in mind as I begin my 2nd night stand…. Maybe others have similar suggestions for increasing precision…. — How to get Precisionby Bob Smalser — Make a story stick for each project. Record the measurements of L, W, H and internals on one, unchanging stick. Your project stock should be kept on a...
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