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Blog entry by cajunpen posted 903 days ago 1523 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/



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Karson

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#1 posted 903 days ago

Grangers have something similar called a hook rule

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#2 posted 903 days ago

Also this place for a cheaper one.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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RGtools

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#3 posted 903 days ago

What does the Agate system come from?

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 903 days ago

thanks for the tips guys.

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swoper

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#6 posted 903 days ago

Havn’t used one of these for a few years ( ex pressman) but I did want one again till I started using a Starret ruler.

-- Harry, Jackson Mi

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jaykaypur

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#7 posted 902 days ago

That’s a nice little tool that I MUST have. Thanks for the tips—-everyone.

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Roger

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#8 posted 902 days ago

kool. thnx for all the links everyone

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juniorjock

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#9 posted 902 days ago

Been using a line gauge for 40 years. But only the past five for woodworking. As for where the “agate” came from, I’m not sure. I always referred to really small type (like the box scores on the sports page) as agate. I always measured in pica (or ems pica). And still today, it’s easier to divide something measured in pica than it is in inches. There are 12 points in a pica….. 72 points in an inch….... 6 pica in an inch….. etc. I hope I remembered that right. Good topic, Bill.

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Grandpa

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#10 posted 902 days ago

Machinists use hook rules. they come in some fairly long lengths. Try any machine shop store or catalog. Hook rules have the head riveted on so they can lose calibration if dropped. The rule shown above will not do that.

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BarbS

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#11 posted 902 days ago

That’s really neat, and thanks to Richard for a link to an 18” pica rule. Terrific!

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cajunpen

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#12 posted 902 days ago

That is what is so neat about Lumberjocks, it doesn’t matter how much you know about something – we can always add new info to the knowledge base. What will we learn tomorrow :-). I am going to add another 18” to the arsenal, can’t see much need for one any longer than that though, but who knows?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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punk

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#13 posted 902 days ago

hellow i have to a6&a12inch there in 64th & 32nds regarding yours i wanted to say i bought a printers saw which the fence and miter system both measure in picas & points very accurate system mi youse it mainly for pitcure frames & small draws have a good day

-- Punk in PA

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