Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'measure'

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Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)... #10: All in the numbers.

01-12-2020 12:21 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 4 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. Measure twice cut once. Hell, twice and once are two numbers not hard to forget… but as you get older… it’s the order you tend to stuff up, however, you may also need to remember thrice and quadriuply... any more and just buy a white flag!...For this ...

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Quick Tip: Measure diameter of a circle

01-23-2016 04:45 AM by bigfoot11 | 4 comments »

I’m in the process of making a small dust separator to work with my CNC and needed to make very tight fitting lid for a 5 gallon bucket. After fiddling for a few minutes and getting ten different measurements, it donned on me to take advantage of a flat table and some squares. It’s so stupid simple, I can’t believe I’ve never seen it done this way before.

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Woodworker Chronicles #1: Don't be such a ☐

11-13-2011 06:15 AM by PurpLev | 11 comments »

I’ve always wondered why are there sets of squares out there. Isn’t a square a square? aren’t they all the same? Can’t you just have 1 and be done with it since if something is square…well – it’s square, right? A recent check made me realize I probably have more squares than any other tool in my toolbox (excluding chisels and drill bits of course). How did that happen?!? When I first started woodworking, I got myself a 12” square from the ...

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Machinist Toolcart #12: Spoken Too Soon: A Lesson in Drawer Planning/Measuring/Fitting

09-13-2011 04:22 AM by PurpLev | 5 comments »

As I was fitting the drawer fronts yesterday I noticed that the fronts are being located with their bottoms pretty much aligned with the bottom of the drawers which made me think – shouldn’t there be some overlay there? but I digressed and went on about it…. Looking back – I guess there should have been an overlay after all! See, when I originally planned the drawers I setup a (from the bottom) 6” drawer followed by 2 5” drawers … and each drawe...

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Fibonacci At Any Scale

08-06-2011 05:02 AM by Grumpy | 11 comments »

I thought it was about time I made myself a ‘Fibonacci Gauge’ and like most of us would I looked up on how everyone else did it. There were some great efforts made by fellow Jocks on the subject;David made a good crack at it did FJPetruso my good buddy Karson Karson has his Excel spreadsheet for calculating gauges at any size. This is w...

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Tip Tuesday #3: Measure, Measure, Measure

11-23-2010 02:07 PM by Chris Davis | 2 comments »

When buying furniture an important factors is will it fix. Because if it doesn’t fit it is useless to you and you either have to take it back or use it in an unintended location. When buying furniture, always bring room size and measurements with you to the store. Most stores will help you with laying out the design and furniture sizes. That’s what is great about what I do. Since I custom build the piece. We can start with a stock size and micro-adjust it to fit. Second to will it fi...

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"Fold up" ironing board (reverse engineering) #1: measuring the model and planning any modifications

09-04-2010 06:52 PM by jeff_wenz | 2 comments »

So as part of a Murphy bed build, I wanted to incorporate a fold up (or hide away) ironing board. I have seen these at Lowes and Home Deport starting off about $168. They don’t look that hard to build and I sure think I could save some money AND incorporate some better materials. Step 1: Take my tape measure to Lowes and jot down some critical measurements. Ok, I forgot paper. Let’s see, what can I find in my glove box? Perfect, my State Farm insurance cards, I can use the ...

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Firewood sawing & Storing #1: The Original Woodcutter's Helper

08-24-2010 10:27 PM by Helper | 10 comments »

The original Woodcutters Helper is precisely that, it measures the log you are sawing to your exact specifications. Its simple and effective. Firewood the same length stacks tighter and neater saving space. Never struggle with trying to fit a piece of wood that is too long into your stove ever again. Anyone who has collected firewood has used various techniques for determining where to saw the log or tree into wood that will fit their stove. Some people turn or swing their saw edge-wise us...

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My woodworing ideas and tips #5: Measuring thoughts

07-02-2008 02:32 AM by Betsy | 14 comments »

Tonight’s tip runs along to something we all do, no matter if we are hand tools nuts, power tools maniacs or a combination of both. We measure, mark and cut. How we do that is important. One of the most important things in measuring, marking and cutting is consistency. Lack of consistency can lead to multiplication of errors along the way. If you learn nothing else, and you should something else, learn this——use the same measuring tool throughout your project. When you a...

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Add your Sketchup drawings to the LumberJock Project Repository Collection

01-03-2008 08:09 PM by JR | 6 comments »

I created a LumberJocks Project Repository Google’s 3D Warehouse for Sketchup drawings. It is intended to by used by anyone to share thier measured drawings. The URL is:

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