|Review by daltxguy||posted 03-01-2008 12:43 AM||2156 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
- General Tools 1201me 12-Inch Flex Stainless Steel Rule
- Brand: General Tools | Category: Measuring Tools
This 12” rule came highly recommended to me. After having used the 6” rule for a long time for just about everything ( it’s the one tool that’s always in my pocket ), I wanted the 12” rule. This was no easy feat as I don’t live in the US anymore and even on my recent visit back to the US, this ruler was difficult to find in your usual big box stores and actually I never was able to track it down. ( You know you are a lumberjock when you visit hardware stores on your vacation!) I finally managed to get a hold of a few, ordered through Amazon for $6.98 ( The General Tools website lists it at $8.75).
These are touted as precision rules and it’s generally of fine quality, the markings are etched and in a nice contrasting black so they are not likely to wear off
It’s main advantage is that it is relatively thin and therefore very flexible. This makes it handy for getting into tight spots and in log building, for example, it’s great to be able to draw lines or measure round logs. For this, it is fantastic and I’ve found no other rule that is this flexible.
It’s got the usual graduations in 8ths, 16ths, 32nds and nicely 64ths for those who can see that small. Handily for me, it’s also got graduations in 1mm and 0.5mm. I tend to you use a mixture of both measurements.
What is most disturbing and disappointing about this ruler though, is that I’ve found the starting end of the ruler to have been ground or cut 0.5mm too short! ( see the picture ) Well, now that I know this, I guess I can work around it but it’s a rather inconvenient detail on a precision rule. I had bought two of these and I thought maybe it was just a production error on the one, but the other is identical. This definitely brings down the star rating for this tool as it doesn’t live up to its claim of being a precision rule.
As for flexibility and the usefulness in log building, that’s still a big plus. 0.5mm isn’t going to make the difference there but for fine woodworking, don’t rely on this rule if measuring from the end.
-- If you can't joint it, bead it!