This is one of my favorites. I know it’s not rare or particularly valuable, but it feels right. The brass shines up nice and the wood (boxwood, I guess) is in good shape. I believe that Upson was acquired by Stanley in 1890, but continued making rulers under the Upson name for decades. There is surprisingly little information about Upson Nut Co. online. This is one of the better souces I see:“According to John Walter’s book on Stanley Tools…. ‘...
I have a weakness for brass tools, though it’s usually tempered by my budget. I found this folding brass meter rule on eBay and happened to have the funds, so I snapped it up. There is no maker’s mark on it anywhere. I also have a hard time figuring how it was effectively used. Whereas our Lufkin brand folding rulers stay rigid when unfolded, the meter rule has very loose joints. It’s like trying to measure with a piece of chain. I guess in a moment of desperation you cou...
“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,...
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.
Ruler stop – nice and cheapAnd fits your ruler with guarantee..Ok That’s a promise, so I better keep it! You need: some scrap plywood, scrap hardwood, a thumb screw (or bolt), and a threaded insert (I used 5mm). Here is the result, so now it’s up to you if you want to follow… Find a piece of scrap hardwood.Make a size that fits your ruler plus a little on each side, and a depth that match the insert plus a little extra (I’m metric, so I will spare you the meas...
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