Rolling Ruler

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Project by RallyRick posted 10-28-2015 07:43 PM 3143 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This kind of tool comes in very handy, but the price of one (along with the poor quality) doesn’t make sense. So the roller on this one came from an old printer. It works well because it has good grip on paper and it has a good amount of weight to it. The wood ends are basically caps over the ends of the roller. They have recessed magnets that hold them in place on the ruler. I’m all about functionality and this my friends, functions!

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#1 posted 10-28-2015 07:46 PM

This is interesting and very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 10-28-2015 07:59 PM

Man I really like that project.
Giving my old printer up in the closet the evil eye.
One rainy day that poor printer is dead meat. LOL

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#3 posted 10-28-2015 08:05 PM

Really cool design. I like it, and will likely copy it at some point!

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#4 posted 10-28-2015 09:47 PM

I’m curious as to how this is used. How is it better than a non-rolling ruler? I’m sure I’ve missed something.


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#5 posted 10-29-2015 08:26 AM

That is so cool. Love it.

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#6 posted 10-29-2015 02:55 PM

Paul: Me too
what’s it for?

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#7 posted 10-29-2015 04:09 PM

These are great for drawing parallel lines when designing a project. That’s a really great idea. I remember seeing someone using one when she was designing a back yard a few years ago.

-- Matt, Northern CA

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#8 posted 10-29-2015 06:06 PM

Exactly, Matt. When drafting…or just drawing something that needs many parallel lines, this works well. It is key to have a roller that sticks well to the paper, though. If it slips even the slightest bit, the lines will not be parallel. I figured that I will use a roller from a printer, because of the fact that they were designed to grip the paper. Thanks for looking, everyone.

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#9 posted 10-29-2015 07:50 PM

Oh man, bringing back a blast from the past!

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#10 posted 10-30-2015 07:34 PM

Oh. I see.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#11 posted 10-30-2015 08:18 PM

that’s a great idea i’ll have to copy it my self soon

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