Ruler stop – nice and cheap
And 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 measures).
Cut it lengths wise the wood, and then ‘slice’ the wood so you get a thick and a think piece.
Now mark the width of your ruler on the thick part (be accurate), and cut / saw out a spur, that are a little deeper than your ruler.
Drill a hole that match the thickness of your thumb screw in the center of the spur and all the way through.
Drill a hole that match your insert, but this hole you will stop before you go through the wood, so it matches the depth of the insert (I made my insert shorter to make it slimmer).
Mount the insert, here you can use my Insert jig.
Put painters tape in the spur, and on the back side to avoid glue in the ruler spur.
Glue up, use a good strong glue to avoid screws.
(Patience, wait for the glue to dry – now it might be time for a cafe latte).
Remove the painters tape.
Make some clean cuts, to make it the final size.
(Notice the threaded insert is hidden in the stop now).
Test (its perfect!)
Cut your bolt into the right length (I found a fancy brass one now).
I choose to drill a hole in the end of the bolt, so I could mount a little piece of nylon to avoid that the bolt should scratch the ruler in use.
Glue the nylon (here a nylon bolt) into the finger bolt.
Cut the nylon in length and round it a little.
[Sorry for the bad picture, too much coffee…]
Give it some finish, I choose wax.
And here we are back where we started!
You can now use your ruler stop.
Hope it can be to some inspiration,
Best of thoughts,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.