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TelescopeMaker

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08-21-2015 03:38 PM

I’m looking for good quality etched steel rulers that do NOT have metric on them. One 6” and another 12”.

It drives me crazy when the numbers are going the wrong way. I like some I’ve seen that have the convenient end graduations for measuring vertical, like rough saw or router height adjustments.

I really have to strain to see 1/64 nowadays – my gaze just goes back and forth. I find I have to close my eyes and take a mental snapshot. Don’t know what to do about that. Maybe a magnifier on a holder of some kind.

I really like to do precise work – calipers, dial indicators etc.

Any suggestions for a good set of rulers? (pictures would be great!)

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 08-21-2015 04:02 PM

If I was after a good set of scales as you described, I'd get these. In fact, I don’t need them and may get a set anyway.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 08-21-2015 04:12 PM

I agree w/ Fred, I just got mine and they are excellent.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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JayT

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#3 posted 08-21-2015 04:17 PM

I use flexible SS rulers, both 6 and 12in lengths, from General Tools. Inexpensive and can be found at most any hardware store.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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moke

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#4 posted 08-21-2015 04:46 PM

+1 with Fred Hargis…I have the good fortune to live a couple of hours from the Woodsmith store and I have had a set of these for a long time. In fact, I have faithfully used them so long, that I didn’t realize how good they were until a couple of years ago when I used some HF rulers at a friends place…..
Woodsmith has had a line of their own products for a long time and I can’t say I ever found a bad one.
Mike

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mramseyISU

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#5 posted 08-21-2015 07:39 PM

I’ve got those woodsmith rulers too. I picked them up at the store once in a why not moment and use them all the time.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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distrbd

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#6 posted 08-21-2015 09:25 PM

I have Igaging 6” and 12”,all imperial .they are good quality and inexpensive.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 08-22-2015 12:06 AM

I bought mine from Wholesale Tool and they look just like the Woodsmith ones (but less $).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Fred Hargis

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#8 posted 08-22-2015 12:55 PM

I had never heard of Wholesale Tool. When I looked it appeared their scales had metric markings, but the pic is so fuzzy on my computer I can’t tell….do they have metric?

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 08-22-2015 02:18 PM

Some of their rules have metric and some don’t. We have a store in Tulsa so I didn’t have to order from tiny catalog pics.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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TelescopeMaker

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#10 posted 08-26-2015 02:50 PM

I saw the woodsmith ones, and that video was one of the reasons I asked actually. And I might go for them.
But I will check out the ones from General and the others mentioned.

I have a really nice 6” I got at Highland Woodworking, but it’s metric on the other side and useless for what I do, and I’m not satisfied with the other ones they have. (I’m not a big fan of the metric system)

Do you guys find that the center measuring on the other side is that useful though?

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower

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TelescopeMaker

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#11 posted 08-26-2015 03:10 PM

The Wholesale Tool website has a lot of stuff listed, but the only thing they have that actually in stock has metric on it. So that’s out.

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower

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Fred Hargis

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#12 posted 08-26-2015 03:15 PM

I have a 12” that the center measuring scale on the back (it’s a general 12”). I’ve used it (the center finding part) a few times, and I actually don’t see it as that useful…plenty of ways to find a center that are just as easy. That said, it’s not a bad scale but the divisions on the regular side are 1/32” (one side) and 1/64” (the opposite) the 1/64” markings are so fine you need a magnifying glass to use them….not all that handy.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Gene Howe

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#13 posted 08-26-2015 03:16 PM

Mine are the ones from Woodsmith and I really do find the center measuring side helpful.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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HokieKen

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#14 posted 08-26-2015 06:42 PM

Can’t beat these. Unfortunately, you can definitely beat the price. But, with the satin chrome finish, they are they only scales I can read 1/64” increments off easily. They have just about any length/graduation/finish you like and at least some have vertical scales on the ends.

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

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TelescopeMaker

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#15 posted 08-27-2015 04:13 PM

Yeah, I saw the starret ones. Sweet, but pricey. As with many things these days, you are probably buying a lot of reputation there. I really do like that vertical scale on the 6” one though.

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower

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