Fibonacci gauge

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 03-12-2011 06:49 AM 11150 reads 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been meaning to make one of these calipers for a while, and a bunch of lumberjocks really helped me figure it out. Phi, the Golden Ratio, is an absolutely fascinating subject. If you would like to make your own gauge, download Mark's plans here.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 03-12-2011 06:59 AM

Again, most informatiive! :)

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#2 posted 03-12-2011 07:05 AM

I love it Steve.I have made one and have been running around checking every project and piece of furniture I have made. Some hit, some miss.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 03-12-2011 07:41 AM

Thanks Steve, going to have to make one as soon as I can get in to my workshop.

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#4 posted 03-12-2011 07:52 AM

thanks Steve I will have to make one.

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#5 posted 03-12-2011 09:58 AM

Hi Steve.

As usual, a great video.

Those rivets are very similar to the :rapid rivets” sold by Tandy Leather Factory. Raped Rivets come in 4 sizes and those look like their largest. They’re handy for projects like this where strength isn’t extremely important. Sonce you can set them without their being too tight, you can use them where you want to be able to rotate the joint after it is set.

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#6 posted 03-12-2011 10:08 AM

Did I see you using pliers to hold that rivet when hammering it in? And people try to say you don’t think about shop safety…

Another entertaining video. Thank you

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#7 posted 03-12-2011 12:03 PM

cool video

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#8 posted 03-12-2011 12:51 PM

It’s Saturday – time to smile – so look for Steve’s video, my weekly ‘get happy’ fix!

Took me back to college maths classes and Fibonacci sequences, spirals and stuff – taught by lecturer, Dusty Miller.
I hope that this is not wandering too far off topic, but I the main thing I remember about him was that he posed the following question:

“A man knocks on the door of a house, and tells the woman who answers that he is doing a survey
on the need for school places for children. He asks if there are any children living at that address,
and the woman tells him that there are three.
He then enquires the ages of the children, and the woman – who is fed up with being questioned by
bureaucrats – tells him that their ages, when multiplied together, gives 36.
The man says that this is not enough information, so the woman tells him that their ages,
when added, gives the number of the house next door.
The man looks at the next door house number, but after thinking for a moment,
says that he still has insufficient information.
The woman says that the last thing she will say is that the eldest child is not at home.
“Ah!” says the man, who then writes down the ages of the children on his clipboard

What are the ages of the children ?

I have to say that we struggled with this, but the answer is at the bottom of the page:

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#9 posted 03-12-2011 02:08 PM

verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry gooda! thnx

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#10 posted 03-12-2011 08:38 PM

Very cool. Thanks for sharing. I might try to make one if I can find some of those fancy rivets.

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#11 posted 03-12-2011 09:00 PM

Thank you, it was wonderful intertainment.
I will go and watch Disney since I made the gauge.
On my post there are a few links also.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 03-12-2011 09:21 PM

Too cool. Thanks.

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#13 posted 03-12-2011 11:07 PM

thank´s Steve that was ….. is a great little vidio
you realy does know how to make thing´s eateble :-)
together with Donald Duck …. LOL

the Fibinacci looks good in lace wood

take care

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#14 posted 03-13-2011 12:58 AM

Steve. Count me as one of the many who enjoy the posts and learn from them: both about woodworking and life.

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#15 posted 03-13-2011 03:40 AM

@Don: You made my head want to explode. To quote Malibu Stacey: “Math is hard!”

@GarageWoodworks: Whoa…thanks for posting the Tool video. (How perfect of LJ!) I read the Lateralus entry on Wiki. Now my head is really going to explode. I have newfound respect for the band, even though I can’t explain why!

@Everyone else: Thanks for your comments. To tell you the truth, I really couldn’t figure out how to make a video out of the calipers. There are plenty others that explain it way better than I can. After tossing in Donald, I figured it was sort of passable. Sort of. I vow to include no math in next week’s video.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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