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Joe Lyddon

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10-21-2015 08:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tape measure accuracy alignment adjusting tape measure hints proper handling secrets of the trade

This tip was included in the Woodworker’s Journal internet report email…
... I thought you might like to see it…

Tape Measure care in handling... and
checking its accuracy...
Minor adjustments to get accuracy.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"


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MT_Stringer

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#1 posted 10-21-2015 09:22 PM

I have three tapes that all measure slightly different. :-(

Definitely got to stick to one from the beginning of the project to the end! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 10-21-2015 09:27 PM

MT... YES, that is a woodworking RULE…

BUT, you might apply the tips in the short video and maybe you can get them in synch! :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#3 posted 10-21-2015 10:17 PM

I always choke an inch then forget to subtract it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 10-21-2015 11:12 PM

That's funny... If you're getting OLD like me, THAT's the PITs... I’m doing good to remember the first reading! :)

Actually, when I get to the Real Project Building, I use a folding wood rule…

... just use the Tape measures for the rough stuff… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#5 posted 10-22-2015 12:17 AM

This is a good tip Joe. I have been doing this for years. And I always use the same tape measure for the entire job. I’m pretty much like you, I use a 18’’ steel ruler for most of my projects.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Daruc

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#6 posted 10-22-2015 12:27 AM

I ALWAYS stick my finger in between the tip and the case when it retracts.
This will make your tape last many years,
as long as you don’t cut the end off on the saw….don’t ask!

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MT_Stringer

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#7 posted 10-22-2015 03:25 AM


MT... YES, that is a woodworking RULE…

BUT, you might apply the tips in the short video and maybe you can get them in synch! :)

- Joe Lyddon

Joe, That guy was using the same tape measure as mine. :-) It’s a 12 footer so not bulky.

Mostly, I use a Lufkin folding ruler I have had for many years. Made in the USA! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 10-22-2015 04:36 AM

MT… I have a couple of 16’ Tape Measures from Woodcraft that I really like… Better than all of the tape measures that I have… What I like the most, is that you pull the tape out and it will NOT slide back as soon as you let go… it stays, making it very easy to work with… When done, you push a button on the Bottom Front, and it will close… you can let up on the button & it will stop… Very cool…

I got my wood rule from my dads estate when he passed… Younger, I couldn’t see how anyone would like them… As I got older & more into woodworking, I eventually realized how good they were… My favorite now.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#9 posted 10-22-2015 12:36 PM

Hi, Joe! I am guilty of letting the tape snap back into the body of the holder, sometimes repeatedly while I think about what I’m doing. Oops! The tab is supposed to be a tad bit loose to compensate between inside and outside measurements.
Here is another video that explains a few other features on a tape measure…

-- God bless, Candy

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rwe2156

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#10 posted 10-22-2015 01:18 PM

I only use tapes for rough dimensioning phase of project.

I would never use a tape for laying out joints, etc.

Put that tape away and use a ruler!!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#11 posted 10-22-2015 02:16 PM

Dont have anything on me. I use dial calipers. I am the man…until the humidity changes.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#12 posted 10-23-2015 02:34 AM

I use a block of hardwood with a dado cut through as shown in the sketch to check the tape reading. Place the tape in the groove and ensure the 2” mark lines up with the block. Bend the hook with pliers if not. The block allows you to check your tape frequently.


Dimensions are not critical except for the 2.000” dimension. The closer, the better.

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#13 posted 10-23-2015 01:24 PM

I take a different run at measuring. I use a single source then it really does not matter. I find that if you use multiple tapes etc, you can get bit because no way that are all perfect, it just not realistic.

However, if you use one, then if it’s a few thou off on 12” does it really matter!

I also tend to start and measure to the piece. Early in my experience (lack there of), I cut all my pieces to final dimension, then after getting most of the way through, found an oops and it hurt. Its like doors, I make to fit the opening.

Now I get it started and use the piece to tell me the dimensions. If I get a case together and it’s a 1/16” diff here or there then I just adjust the piece thats being cut.

I have never had someone come back and tell me, that top was supposed to be 24” and it’s 23 15/16”. No if it flows it works.

As the one and only Charles Neil says “looks good is good’

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 10-24-2015 05:08 AM

“Sneak up on it” ... “Trim to final length (size)”

Typical Charles Neil quotes used used in almost EVERY project…

Charles is da man!

Very good advice...

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Glen Peterson

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#15 posted 10-24-2015 05:31 PM

When I use a tape measure I begin measuring from the 10” mark. I think most of the I accuracy in tape measures comes from the sliding hook at the end because you don’t begin measuring exactly from the 0 mark. I also use the measurement as a general guide. It’s rare that I need to make something to an exact length or width as long as the corresponding parts are the same.
Cheers

-- Glen

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