|Forum topic by BustedClock||posted 07-20-2013 07:50 PM||634 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
07-20-2013 07:50 PM
I suppose I’m just contrary—and I’ve owned a lot of foreign cars—but I really prefer working in the metric system. Over the last couple of years, however, I’ve developed an interest in woodworking with hand-tools. And, whereas lumber is measured almost exclusively in SAE units in the USA, I can pretty much get any hand-tool I want in metric dimensions. So, what’s the downside of thinking metric in the US?
Of course, for downloaded plans, I’ll have to convert everything to it’s nearest metric equivalent. That could get tedious for complex plans. Also, cut-lists for those plans are optimized for standard USA wood sizes, so I might expect a little more waste. On the other hand, measuring to the millimeter is a lot easier than trying to measure to 1/32 of an inch for my tired eyes.
What do you all think?
-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.