Story pole measuring stick

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Project by Mark55 posted 09-04-2013 05:14 PM 4313 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a story pole measuring stick. The pictures are hard to see but it is basically 2 pieces of 1 1/2” x 3/4” material put together with a slide type of configuration so the can slide by each other. The back piece is dadoed out in order to inset the tape from an old tape measure.

I use this quite often and for many things. I originally designed it when I was doing many basement remodels or frame ups. With most of them, each stud had to me measured to fit because of inconsistency of all things in place. I was getting tired of running up and down a latter measuring each one or trying to hold my tape measure just right.

So the way I designed this, the front part is the stationary part that sits on the floor and the back part with the tape measure slides up. I made my front part at eye level and cut a 45% angle at the top of it making that my measuring point. The the back was the same length. The measurement distance on it is between 5’ 5” and a little over 10’ and it is right on every time. They can be made to be longer but this is all I needed on this one.

If there is enough interest I will try to make a drawing because the pictures are hard to see.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 05:28 PM

Looks good!
My story sticks are usually just a piece of scrap long enough to do the job with a pencil mark where needed.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 04:34 AM

This is a great tool to have in your shop. You can use the same idea in smaller form to accurately measure inside dimensions as well like insides of cabinets or drawers.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 06:44 PM

The more I think about it, the more I like this Mark55. No bending over or standing on tiptoe/ladder, no adjusting (head angle) bifocals to read… Yeah. I like this a lot! Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 07:13 PM

Dallas, Thanks, but like you say a story stick usually has permanent marks on it so maybe I should call it something else.

Luv2learn, Never thought of making smaller ones sounds like a good idea.

CFrye, You are so right, it makes things so much easier. I even use it for trim, on long vertical pieces.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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