what's a tape measure used for.

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Blog entry by kenthemadcarpenter posted 02-03-2016 10:05 PM 1685 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you ever come into my wood shop you will probably notice you won’t see a tape measure that isn’t covered in cobwebs. I rarely ever use one. My daughter asked me the other how come she never see’s me using one, even though I have one. My response to her was “What’s a tape measure used for” she looked at me like I was off my rocker (which by the way I am) because she knew that I should know that, So then I explained to her, I have always done every thing by sight. I have always done it this way, No it’s not that I don’t know how to read one, If I need a reference to go by then I will make a story stick to serve the purpose. So as long as I have my Eye Sight, My Eyes are my tape measure. Now that’s not saying I won’t use one, because on a few occasions I grudgingly pull one out Like when I built the Book Case bed frame.

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 10:30 PM

Tape measures get used frequently in my shop, especially during the summer. They work really well to keep papers from blowing around when the fan is on. They also make great window props when I want it open only a few inches.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#2 posted 02-04-2016 07:40 AM

It isn’t that long ago that tape measures get in introduced hear as the new (american) way to measure. Now a days tape measures are used a lot but there are still a lot of woodworkers who prefer a one meter (almost 40”) long foldable ruler. I,m one of them. This ruler is also known as a duimstok (thumb stick) named after the size classification duim. A duim is the same as 1”. For clarity it is long ago we measured in inches. That is why a modern duimstok is in cm (centimeters) 1” = 2,54 cm (25,4 millimeter). There has also been a period that one side of the duimstok was in inches and the other side in cm.


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#3 posted 02-05-2016 02:30 AM

Things you learn here on Lumberjacks

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 02-11-2016 02:39 PM

I like the idea of cutting before measuring. I like to visualize things and make the cuts accordingly. The measuring device come in handy at times but when I visually “measure” and size something, then I already have a “measuring device” in case I need to duplicate.


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