A Simple Story Stick

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 08-10-2014 12:53 AM 2049 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was cutting some plywood panels and decided to make a marking gauge, or story stick if you will. The first time I used it was to cut some sheets at 34 1/2 inches. However, this set of cabinets will sit on a ladder base, so I need to cut the side pieces 31 inches in length.

This works nice and quick too. I had the lumber yard rip the sheets in half (2’x8’) and I crosscut them with a track saw. The stick made it easy to get the same measurement each time and no guessing at the tape measure.


-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 10:17 AM

Anything that helps with more exact cutting and fitting is good.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 03:21 PM

Yes, we should use story sticks more often for consistency, especially measuring idiots like myself. Thanks for the reminder!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 08-10-2014 03:43 PM

always a good idea
in the mix of fractions and decimals
SAE metric wentworth cubits fathoms and leagues

the truth of the story stick
leaves the mind free for the important things

like finding a pencil

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 08-10-2014 11:59 PM

oh yes. simple is the best tool of choice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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