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Tip #242
FREE steel rulers for your shop


All woodworkers have, at one time, broken a steel tape measure. If you're like most of them, you've probably done the same.

We'll also bet that you had a tough time parting with "old faithful"…so, instead of tossing it in the trash, you probably stashed it away somewhere in a seldom-opened drawer.

GREAT ! …because NOW is the time to break it out and put it back to work in the shop. If the "0" end is in good shape….and the indicator marks are still legible, you're in luck.

If you want a 48" long ruler, just pull out the tape and chop it off at the 48" mark (or a little beyond). If you want a 24" ruler, chop it at 24" or so.

Many 3/4" to 1" wide steel tape measures have cumulative numbers running down one side of the tape and "1" through "12" between each foot of measurement down the opposite side. If yours is of this type, you can chop off as many 12" long (or shorter) rulers as you like.

All of the above options let you keep using "Old Faithful;" a while longer.


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