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Forum topic by Karda posted 01-17-2021 06:37 AM 691 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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01-17-2021 06:37 AM

Is there any such a thing as a ruler that reads from right to left and the scale is on the top edge of the rule. I is a major challenge to me when I set my table saw, especially when I want a very precise cut because I don’t have an accurate way to measure the distance between the fence and the blade. I usually end cutting till i get it right. or measuring a stick then setting to that. Just dicking around wasting time on something that should only take a few seconds


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bigJohninvegas

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#1 posted 01-17-2021 06:53 AM

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#2 posted 01-17-2021 07:03 AM

I don’t use the scale on my saw I don’t trust them. Besides it don’t work with my crosscut sled

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#3 posted 01-17-2021 07:10 AM

I have picked up self adhesive replacement tapes for the table saw from Lee Valley, right to left or left to right.
Other stores sell them cheaper.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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SMP

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#4 posted 01-17-2021 07:28 AM

Best bet is to get used to it. Because if you do find that ruler, it will work on the front tooth but not on the back tooth, and you really need to measure front and back if you don’t trust the saw/fence.
If you have a combination square, those rules usually have a right to left.

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#5 posted 01-17-2021 08:07 AM

SMP the back to is not a problem you can do that with a regular rular

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tvrgeek

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#6 posted 01-17-2021 10:56 AM

Guess I learned to read a ruler up-side or backwards. :)

My fence scale is good to about a 32nd so for just hacking up lumber, I use it. Everything else I measure. Most of the time with cheap “Bates” office supply steel rulers. I have good etched 64th rules, but they get confusing to read. I can interpolate with a 16th easier.

If your fence or blade skew is of off by more than a couple thou, adjust the saw for both safety and performance. You should never have to measure front and rear tooth for a cut. Only for setup. ( and then, measure the same tooth. )

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#7 posted 01-17-2021 04:27 PM

Incra sells rules and tapes in both directions. They also make mighty fine saw fences and miter gauges. They set to the nearest 1/32” +-0.002” instantly. No sneaking up or test cuts. Just set it and cut and you can repeat a cut +-0.002” even after changing settings.


Incra TS-III TS rip fence.


Incra miter gauge cuts precise angles and exact crosscuts!

You can reset and cut in seconds to any 1/32” without stopping the saw.

The Incra will take you to the next level of precision and speed. What was a chore now becomes a joy.

Trust me on this. Yes its worth $400, you’ll save it in shop time alone. Get your projects done today, not next week.

Once you’ve used an Incra all other fences will feel like a 2×4 and a couple of C-clamps.

They also make exceptional marking rules.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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SMP

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#8 posted 01-17-2021 04:42 PM



SMP the back to is not a problem you can do that with a regular rular

- Karda

Right. So was your plan to use 2 separate rulers every time you adjust your fence? Seems way overly complicated

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Madmark2

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#9 posted 01-17-2021 04:46 PM

SMP
Not to mention it violates the “only use one measuring stick” rule too!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#10 posted 01-17-2021 08:58 PM

I use what works. I want to cut a bunch of mortices but I may have to do it by hand

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#11 posted 01-17-2021 09:41 PM

Ruler?

Starrett makes a dual right and left reading rulers. Can not find PN easily, but here is picture in the catalog:
https://www.starrett.com/dms/flipbooks/Cat-33/index.html?page=290

Tape measure?

Fast Cap sells a righty/lefty tape measure that I use as my primary tape in the shop. Never have to worry about reading tape upside down.

Cheers!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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Scap

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#12 posted 01-17-2021 09:59 PM

As a lefty, I don’t get this.
But then I grew up in a right handed world and just adapted.

To the OP, I use the indicator on my table saw’s fence. I check it for accuracy ever so often, but it’s good enough for my skill set.

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bigJohninvegas

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#13 posted 01-17-2021 10:02 PM



Ruler?

Starrett makes a dual right and left reading rulers. Can not find PN easily, but here is picture in the catalog:
https://www.starrett.com/dms/flipbooks/Cat-33/index.html?page=290

Cheers!

- CaptainKlutz

Captain, I’m not sure who else carries Starrett rules. Lee valley has been my go to web site. But I’m sure others have it too.
But that rule is right here. 1st one I linked above. And I like Starrett, but I listed some more affordable versions too.

https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/shop/tools/hand-tools/marking-and-measuring/rules/71671-starrett-spring-tempered-precision-rules-with-end-graduations?item=30N3160

-- John

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Karda

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#14 posted 01-17-2021 10:12 PM

I don’t trust my saw, its a piece of craftsman junk I bought before I new anything, I just found out my saw sometime won’t hold depth when doing non threw cuts, no depth lock. I also can’t use the fence scale when I am useing my crosscut sled. I did find what I am looking for they are left handed tape measure the scale reads right to left and the scale isn’t upside down

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Karda

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#15 posted 01-20-2021 07:20 AM

i found dual read tape measure but they are all big 16 and 25 foot. 16 is ok but the blade is 1 inch, to big. most of my tapes are 10 or12ft. I hardly ever use my 16 or 25. are small one even available thanks

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