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Project by littlecope posted 1972 days ago 1720 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Because I was sick and tired of the trial and error way that I’ve been making fields for all these boxes!
Every time I cut the pattern for a field or panel, I think of how much easier it would be if I had some Inside Calipers. Last night I had one of those “Shucks! I coulda had a V-8!” Realization Moments and asked, why not make myself a pair?
Construction couldn’t be simpler and it took less than an hour. Most of that was spent hunting down a nut, bolt, and washer through my carefully sorted parts…
It doesn’t hurt that I have Grand Dad’s old Matte Cutter from his Photographic Lab. I’ll bet he would be pleased that it is still seeing use. One of his other hobbies was woodworking!
Nothing fancy, but it suits my purpose perfectly!! Maybe I’ll spray some Poly on ‘em real quick…;-) MC

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.





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Rob

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#1 posted 1972 days ago

Good idea. I could of used a pair of those yesterday. I made the bottom of a box a bit too small and had to make it twice. Thanks for sharing.

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ratchet

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#2 posted 1972 days ago

good one. thanks for sharing.

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#3 posted 1972 days ago

GREAT IDEA… Now that’s thinking. I like it and I’m gonna make some. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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Handidad

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#4 posted 1971 days ago

Looks good.
Don’t limit yourself, the first photo shows that they could be used as outside calipers as wel.

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littlecope

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#5 posted 1971 days ago

Thanks Everyone! My Pleasure! I went ahead and sprayed some poly on it, looks great. Works even better! A part of the job I vaguely dreaded just became frightfully easy! Quick Calipers Sorry about the picture quality. I only took one because it’s still a little tacky and I’m leaving it apart until it’s dry. Too bad I didn’t inherit my Grand Dad’s Photography Skills!My Grandfather Albert That’s him alright! September 1930….What a Cool Cat!! Gotta dig them knickers! :-)
Just previewed this and saw that his pic can’t be seen completely. If you click on it, it’ll take you to Flickr. You know the rest…. MC

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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christopheralan

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#6 posted 1970 days ago

Dude those are great!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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thelt

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#7 posted 1957 days ago

Love the calipers, I think I’ll try my hand at making a set.

Love that picture of you Granddad. Love the scooter better. LOL It would be worth a pretty penny today.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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littlecope

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#8 posted 1953 days ago

Thanks, again! thelt: You like that scooter, huh? That was his 1928 H-D 74 CI. I’m told he also had a “28 Indian but switched to the Harley. Not sure why. My Dad says that at 130 lbs., that old beast would try to throw his Dad pretty good, when he was kicking it over, but his father would generally win the battle ;-) MC

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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bowyer

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#9 posted 1950 days ago

Alrighttttyyyy a new useful tool I can build!! Thank you! Looks you have the same parts holder I have.
Love the pic of your Grand Pa and his bike

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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douglbe

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#10 posted 1950 days ago

Perfect! I have been considering to purchase a set of calipers, but this will work super for me and they fit my tight budget. Thanks a ton for the post.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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littlecope

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#11 posted 1950 days ago

Thanks, Everybody! If I have another go at these, next time I’ll sharpen the points to the middle, like scissors sorta. That way, the points will meet in the same plane. I think that would make them more accurate for outside dimensioning…. I would also make them just a little heavier. They flex a little, okay with what I’ve used them for, but might not be for someone doing turnings or where accuracy is critical…. MC

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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