Rules & Tape Measures
Since even the best measuring tools are relatively inexpensive, most
woodworkers acquire a variety of rules and tape measure to meet different need.
However, it is advisable to use the same rule or measuring tool throughout the
project, just in case there is any variation between one tool and another.
Purchase both rules and tape measures with standard and metric graduations –
but take care not to confuse one system with the other once you have begun to
mark out a work piece. You can measure one piece of wood accurately and then
use it as a template for the other pieces if more than one of the same size is
needed, this will save you time in the marking and measuring department.
4 Fold Rule
The folding carpenter’s rule made from boxwood with brass hinges and end capes is still popular among traditional artist. Most
folding rules are 3ft (1m) in length fully extended. Because it is relatively thick, you have to stand a wooden rule on edge in order to transfer measurements accurately to the work. Similar rules made from plastic are
sometimes made with beveled edges to overcome this problem.
retractable steel tapes, measuring from 6 to 16 ft (2 to5m) long, are usually graduated along both edges. A lock button prevents the tape from retracting automatically. Some tape measures incorporate a liquid-crystal display that tells you how far the tape had been pulled from its case; a built-in memory retains the measurements when the tape is
retracted. Self-adhesive steel tapes are sold without cases from sticking
along the front edge of a workbench.
Woodworking measuring tape
tape measures feature a built in Fastpad for jotting down measurements, a compact design, and a heavy-duty protective rubber boot. The ergonomic belt clip and built-in pencil sharpener are features that our customers have requested for years! The blade on this tape is one inch wide and is designed with a four rivet nose clip that will handle the wear and tear of daily use. Available in 16' or 25' lengths in a variety of increments, including both standard and metric. Easy to read scale is identified down to the 1/16".
every workshop needs at least one sturdy metal
straightedge, measuring between 1ft 8in (500mm) and 6ft 6in (2m) long. A
beveled straightedge is ideal for making accurate cuts with a marking knife
and for checking that a planned surface is perfectly flat. Some
straightedges are etched with standard metric and/or graduations.