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Monte Pittman

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537 days ago

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Ok, after a short tirade filled with noise pollution trying to find a tape measure in my shop, i was wondering how many most people have bought vs how many you can actually find. I know i have bought a dozen. I can find three. And what really happens to the rest?

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 537 days ago

And pencils! I should have a drawer full of pencils. I can find Two.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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RussellAP

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#2 posted 537 days ago

I find that if you break them in some way they seem to be easier to find especially if you have a new one.
I’ve had the same two all year. Get the fluorescent green color.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Gary

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#3 posted 537 days ago

I have 9scattered around the shop. I always lay one down and forget where it is and have to go looking for another. Often, I find them on the floor

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 537 days ago

Sharpen a box of pencils and keep them everywhere.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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nwbusa

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#5 posted 537 days ago

I have a few strategically located around the shop. My wife has her own little tool bag with tape measure, screwdrivers, etc. that she and the kids can use. I don’t mind letting my family use my tools but they know they better be put back where they belong when finished. :)

-- John, BC, Canada

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#6 posted 537 days ago

I currently have 4-tape measures. Numerous other measuring devices as well, not all of which are in the shop. I tend to keep one in my vehicle, one in the garage, and 2-in the shop.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Josh

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#7 posted 537 days ago

I bought some mechanical pencils during the back to school sales this year and love them. I have about 6 floating around the shop. When I find a stray I bring it back to the main are of destruction.

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Nicky

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#8 posted 537 days ago

I think I have 6 to 8 tape measures although I can never find them, especially when I need one.

Pencils, buy them by the box and strategically locate them to start, they seem to disappear as well.

-- Nicky

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#9 posted 537 days ago

I’d agree. The pencils seem to grow legs and walk off!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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whitebeast88

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#10 posted 537 days ago

5 tape measures.i could only find one when i was out in the shop just now.i have bout a hundred pencils floating around the shop.just never were i can find them of course…...

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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TechRedneck

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#11 posted 537 days ago

100’, 25’ and two 12’ tapes.

I finally broke down and started using a shop apron. All the stuff I need is in there. Tape measure, calipers, pencils, small square, DC remote, and a bunch of wood chips and saw dust.

Most of the time I put the tape measure back in the center pocket. (most of the time)

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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MonteCristo

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#12 posted 537 days ago

Wasting time looking for tools etc. is a time-honored tradition in my shop/life. I keep trying to be really good about putting things back where they belong but it never quite seems to work that way. I have quite a few tape measures but there are always 1 or 2 that have gone AWOL !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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derosa

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#13 posted 537 days ago

4, although I may occasionally misplace one I do keep all 4 under my control. All of them are different so there is no mistaking them as whichever one I pick up to start a project is the only one I will use on that project.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#14 posted 537 days ago

I can not find alll the tape measures I have laying around the shop…so I can not come up with an accurate count. I do have one in the house, one in my car, one in my van and one in my storage shed.
I have 2 folding 6 foot rules and a bunch of Woodpecker, and Incra precision T squares and flat rulers in various sizes.
Pencils…I quit using wood pencils and use only mechanical pencils. I have about 20 or so laying around in different areas of the shop…some are #5 (fine lead) and some are #9 (heavy lead equivalent to a #2 wood pencil). The mechanical pencils never need sharpening and most importantly maintain a line of uniform thickness…I alway try to keep one in my shirt pocket…

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work. http://www.FineArtBoxes.com

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JSB

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#15 posted 537 days ago

Tape measures:
Yesterday I rounded up all the tape measures. I have a rack that holds 6. Before rounding them up I had one left on the rack. As I read this thread in the shop I had 5 on the rack and I have no clue where my favorite one is. They have legs, you know…

Pencils:
I believe I have this one under control. I have a 2×4 screwed to my sliding miter saw as a sacrificial fence. On the back side down the entire length I drilled pocket holes 1/2” apart. Put a red line on the top of the 2×4 to indicate where the holes are for easy loading. I keep around 10 pencils randomly located in these holes at all times. I hate not having a sharp pencil.

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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