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Bates National Rule ruler

by MrRon
posted 08-03-2016 09:34 PM

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#1 posted 08-03-2016 10:15 PM

I’ve been using those kinds of rulers since I was a child for drawing and other things I needed a straight edge for.

I never thought about using them in the shop. I even have one in my office and use it for drawing up plans of furniture I am making. It’s funny how we get into this thought process of only certain things for dedicated applications when they can be used for many other things.

Thanks for that reminder.

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#2 posted 08-03-2016 10:38 PM

Years ago I worked for a company called GBC and we bought out Bates, as well as a few other companies. I remember some of their products. Now GBC is owned by another corporate conglomerate. sigh….

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#3 posted 08-04-2016 12:23 AM

I have 2 of the 18’’ and one 24’’ bates rulers. My first job (part time ) in the office supply business is when I got them. I’ve had them approximately 48 years now and they are my go to ruler for woodworking. You are correct in saying they are accurate and they will outlive both of us.

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