Handmade wood tape measure

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Project by Andy Smith posted 04-26-2017 07:50 PM 1899 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have you ever had one of those ideas that you thought, I wonder if that’s possible? That is how this project came to be. I had this cool idea and I wanted to see if I could do it.

I have seen some amazing homemade tools while browsing on this site and others. Big ones, small ones, useful ones and silly ones. But I have never in all my searching found a wood tape measure. When I told my family what I was doing my sister said “isn’t that just a ruler?” Not exactly. Now there are some “wood” tape measures out there but those are just a tape measure with a wood cover. Lame. This is a handmade wood tape measure that is fully functional and only two internal parts were used.

This was a moderately difficult project but not too bad. I really love how it turned out and if you and looking for an original tool or maybe a really cool gift then please give this a go. Thanks so much for reading and enjoy my wooden tape measure.

I put quite a few of my project on with full instructions on how I made it.

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#1 posted 04-26-2017 10:01 PM

Very cool Andy I saw this on instructables thank for sharing.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 04-26-2017 10:19 PM

I really don’t need another project on my list, but darn it I want to do this!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 04-26-2017 11:11 PM

nice project, you make it look very simple.

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#4 posted 04-27-2017 01:38 AM

Thank you all for your kind words. I am brand new to this so I’m not sure how to reply to each of you individually. I can’t believe it took me so long to find this wonderful site. Thanks for having me

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#5 posted 04-27-2017 03:54 AM

OK, that is just to cool… Going to your instructables site now

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#6 posted 04-27-2017 05:59 AM

Very cute thing. I bet, if you try to sell them, you would get reach!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 04-27-2017 06:41 AM

Very cool project.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 04-27-2017 07:54 AM

That is so cool !!!!!!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#9 posted 04-27-2017 11:11 AM

The talent on this site just becomes more and more evident and outstanding with craftsmen like Andy Smith. Creating outside the box is one thing but this is beyond that.

btw – VERY good tutorial

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 04-27-2017 11:26 AM

No friggin’ way! I have been beating my head against the wall trying to figure out what to make for my FIL’s 70th birthday next month. This is great Andy! Off to instructables…

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 04-27-2017 11:29 AM

This is an outstanding project and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 04-27-2017 04:01 PM

I could of sworn I was looking at a wooden snail before I read the title.
Nice work!

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#13 posted 04-27-2017 06:55 PM

very cool and well done,and top 3 on your first post,congrats and welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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