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03-26-2020 09:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: no ruler blog question old school

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#1 posted 03-26-2020 10:29 PM

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#2 posted 03-26-2020 11:44 PM

A couple babies. Does that count?

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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#3 posted 03-27-2020 12:04 AM


A couple babies. Does that count?

- wildwoodbybrianjohns


Doesn’t count because, we all know you have used the ruler, just to see!
But congrats on the babies, they count.

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#4 posted 03-27-2020 12:17 AM

Mine’s a foot long but I don’t use it as a rule …

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#5 posted 03-27-2020 12:18 AM

I’m the boss in my shop so my answer is yes.

-- Aj

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#6 posted 03-27-2020 03:53 PM

I guess I never found a good reason not to use a ruler.

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#7 posted 03-27-2020 04:09 PM

I read somewhere that the best way to avoid measuring mistakes is to not measure. I took that to mean, not using a ruler, but the material you are working with to set fences, etc…..
Of course, that’s only practical in certain applications. I’ve employed the no measure method at times when building simple things, like Bird feeders, etc…..

-- "My greatest fear is that upon my demise, my wife will sell my tools for what I said I paid for them."

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#8 posted 03-27-2020 04:14 PM

These wall brackets. The toolbox is either my grandad’s or great-grandad’s. The story seemed to change depending on who was telling it. Making a place to put it using scrap wood and without measuring anything seemed to be fitting. My grandad was a farmer and everything we worked on together was always done as quickly as possible with whatever we had laying around.

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#9 posted 03-27-2020 05:51 PM

Sorry, but no cigar, Mark.

You used a miter gauge, which is a circular ruler graduated in units of degrees.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#10 posted 03-27-2020 05:57 PM

If you repeated the exercise, using dividers to construct your 30 degree angle, then you could make that without a ruler.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#11 posted 03-27-2020 06:00 PM

Yeah but the angle measure isn’t critical. I could have set it by eye and gotten essentially the same result.

I just like the fact that you can easily get good results without the latest laser ultra precise digital whiz-bang!

Too many want technology to replace basic skills. Same complaint as my “saw safety gadgets” thread

I DO have all the latest whiz-bangs (Incra TS-LS III, M1000 miter gauge, Wixey angle block, DRO for saw blade & router cutter height, wixey planer DRO, Incra rules, etc.), but they aren’t required to do good work.

Always think of how they built great stuff centuries ago with imprecise tools.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#12 posted 03-27-2020 06:44 PM

I don’t think I have, I avoid measuring when ever I can, but I can’t think of a single project where I never used one at all, Not sure why I would want to.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#13 posted 03-27-2020 08:21 PM

Ive done alot of bowls and other carving with my arch enemy the angle-grinder, No tape measure needed for that.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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#14 posted 03-27-2020 08:29 PM

I think most of the boxes I made to hold my tools were made with only a straightedge. I generally only measure if I have to. I may end up building a set of bookcases without a ruler, even. I’ll use a story stick if I do, but won’t know what the lengths are in inches if I go that route.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 03-27-2020 08:34 PM

I don’t think I have ever used a ruler ,
Tape measure, plenty.

I think I could probably cut the corners off a block without measuring, if I had to.
Setting the router by eye, now that could be the hard part.

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