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Tape measure for small measurements?

by pashley
posted 1457 days ago


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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 1457 days ago

You have to burn an inch with those small measurements. Start at the 1 inch line and go from there, the hook won’t be in the way:-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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JJohnston

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#2 posted 1457 days ago

For less risk of a misread, I prefer to burn 10 inches. That way the second digit of my new zero is….zero. I also use a precision 6” ruler.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 1457 days ago

I burn inches off the tape on both ends, going every which direction, depending on what I am measuring or trying to figure out. :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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rhett

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#4 posted 1457 days ago

If its under 12” I dont bother to use a tape. Combination square is my go to

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CampD

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#5 posted 1457 days ago

If your in the shop, steel machinests ruler is best.
I have 6” ones placed at the assembly bench & table saw, little magnets keep them in place
so they dont get lost like pencils.

-- Doug...

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pvwoodcrafts

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#6 posted 1457 days ago

I keep a steel center rule and folding rule close by

-- mike & judy western md. www. pvwoodcrafts.com pvwccf1@verizon.net

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tyskkvinna

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#7 posted 1457 days ago

I have 6” calipers – if it will fit in the calipers, I use them to measure it, not a tape. It’s worked pretty well for me so far.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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Mark Shymanski

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#8 posted 1457 days ago

For those short measures I use a steel rule as well, usually the tape measure is too scuffed up on that first inch to read clearly anyway…maybe I just need to take better care of my tapes LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Sawkerf

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#9 posted 1457 days ago

As handy as they are, tape measures really aren’t intended for really precise work. Those hooks are designed to stand up under pretty severe use where tolerances aren’t really tight.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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PurpLev

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#10 posted 1457 days ago

why use a tape for such small measurements- the tap itself will be in the way more than the hook… just use a ruler/square

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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TheWoodNerd

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#11 posted 1456 days ago

My very favorite measuring tape of all time – http://www.thewoodnerd.com/reviews/bigjohnson.html

-- The Wood Nerd -- http://www.workshopaholic.net

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pashley

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#12 posted 1456 days ago

I like a small tape ruler, because I do small projects, but occasionally like to measure up to 8 feet or so. I like this Johnson one – it has a lot of great features, especially the clear hook piece. I just wish it wasn’t so huge; I like to keep my tape in my little apron pocket, and this wouldn’t be a good fit. Nice tape though, otherwise.

Steel rulers are nice, yes, but I don’t think they come with an edge hook for easy measurement?

Maybe I ought to invent the ultimate woodworker (as opposed to carpenter) tape ruler, make a million bucks, and retire in Tahiti?

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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CampD

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#13 posted 1456 days ago

Yes they have ones with edge hooks.

-- Doug...

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closetguy

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#14 posted 1456 days ago

I use a 12” steel, center finder ruler that’s marked in 1/16”. It’s heavily used in my shop every day.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design changes....www.dgmwoodworks.com

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David Craig

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#15 posted 1456 days ago

For small measurements, I use my 6 inch combination square, 12 inch for the slightly larger projects. When I am working on a cut list, I prefer a wooden, fold out ruler and a saddle layout gauge. If I am using the jointer/planer, calipers are pretty much a necessity. I have learned, over time, that my tape measure is nearly an 8th off on measurements if I use the hook. As others have stated, I usually start at the one foot marker for longer measurements and subtract a foot to zero in a little more accurately.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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TJ65

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#16 posted 1456 days ago

Calipers and a steel ruler are the way to go. No messing about with tape measures that disappear!!!!

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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pashley

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#17 posted 1456 days ago

That’s not bad Dave. I like the idea that they have different gradients on both sides, from 1/64 to 1/8.

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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CampD

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#18 posted 1456 days ago

Tape measures become useless for exact measurements after the first time you drop it on the floor (and who hasn’t) the hook bends with every drop, throwing off any acuracy.

-- Doug...

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TheWoodNerd

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#19 posted 1456 days ago

Not all hooks. That’s why I like the Big Johnson tape, the hook is is a composite plastic and won’t bend.

-- The Wood Nerd -- http://www.workshopaholic.net

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canadianchips

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#20 posted 1456 days ago

If your “within” an inch—-close enough !
Finish carpenters golden rule….Large gap use large trim to cover it, medium gap, medium trim, NO GAP—-no trim——-good carpenter work. lol

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CampD

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#21 posted 1456 days ago

“Little putty, little paint, makes a carpenter what he aint”

-- Doug...

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Gregn

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#22 posted 1455 days ago

I don’t use a tape for anything under 24”. I find it much easier to use my matched set of steel rules than trying to handle a tape to measure for small stuff. Calipers and Dividers handle the really small measurements.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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BTKS

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#23 posted 1455 days ago

JJohnston.
Good point, I’ve measured on the one inch mark and ended up with one inch short cut pieces. The 10in mark is a much better idea.
Thanks for the tip, BTKS

I also use the steel rules in the shop but I prefer to transfer dimensions or marks whenever possible. No measuring errors or compounding error on each transfer. Makes my life a little easier.
Later.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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buffalo689

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#24 posted 1455 days ago

stick ruler (folding)

-- bill

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