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Posted on Any measuring tools with tenths of an inch?

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#1 posted 03-14-2017 04:01 AM

Well, here is the magic, as I see it. And it’s just an opinion but one based on empirical data and experience. One of the great things about this hobby is that you can tackle it almost any way you prefer. I can’t understand it, but I read that folks in euros do woodwork using the metric system, even (gasp!).

I believe you have revealed part of the the answer to your query when you used that ”~” symbol, which means the measurement is approximate.

I know that you will agree that doing work in 16ths and 32nds, and 64ths, is more precise than in 1/10ths.

After all, 45/64” is 0.703”, or 22/32” is 0.688”.
Those thicknesses cover the ~0.7” figure, and really they are all the same to me when working in wood.

And you are certainly correct that this play, or slop, in measurement doesn’t apply when machining parts out of metal or high performance resins.

There are plenty of digital devices that read out in thousandths, and if you go onto the web, start at Amazon, you can find your desired measuring devices. In less than 30 seconds I located this tape on Amazon:
Komelon 433IEHV High-Visibility Professional Tape Measure both Inch and Engineer Scale Printed 33-feet by 1-Inch, Chrome on Amazon._

Despite me joking above, you could give some thought to going all metric. Lots of rules and tapes available in that system.

And do investigate getting some of the measuring and marking tools from Woodpeckers, which are divine, and pretty, and also pricey.

One other thing that is part of my work processes, is that I just sort of go out and make some cuts and start building. Sometime I might do a rough sketch on a 1/4” quadrille tablet, to sort out what overlaps what, and so forth. I have not ever used any form of CAD, or Sketch Up or other software, and have almost never used any type of plans of cut-lists. You could say that while I got the degree and some decent jobs in the field thereafter, I am more artist than engineer at heart.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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