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Forum topic by muesli posted 11-18-2019 10:05 AM 1070 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2019 10:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: trick measure dimension

Do you know a “tick stick or ticking stick”? I didn’t until Lea explained it. I love solutions like that!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#1 posted 11-18-2019 12:13 PM

yes, very old technique but a nice modern design !

over on the aluminum Jon Boat fishing forum, we call it a Toggle Stick.
for marking the floor and deck boards for boats (which are never square).
good find !!



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#2 posted 12-13-2019 09:09 PM

That is a pretty good video. Thank you for sharing. Note, you can also use a simple compass to do the same thing, in reverse.

  1. Establish a fixed radius. Lock the compass.
  2. Draw a reference on your piece of “cardboard” somewhere, anywhere so you can precisely reproduce that fixed radius you chose in step #1. The reference shows EXACTLY the distance from point to lead marker.
  3. Place the sharp point of the compass on each of the “key points” / corners of the thing you are trying to reproduce. Swing an arc on the cardboard. Ensure you have lots of points on the periphery of the shape you are trying to reproduce.
  4. You are now ready to make your pattern.
  5. For each arc you’ve drawn, you can reproduce the original pivot point. Select two different points on the each arc. Further away is better for resolution. Swing an arc. Where the two arcs intersect, that is the “key point” you chose in step #3.
  6. Already use tools you have. Less stuff to store.
  7. Reproduce results from saved patterns even years later, after somebody threw away the old tick stick while cleaning up the shop, oops.

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