Speeding up Caliper Adjustments

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It is difficult to hold a ruler in one hand, calipers in the other, and adjust them at the same time. That’s why I’ve mounted a stick-on ruler onto the tool holder of my lathe so I can use two hands to set the calipers. Sure makes the task quick and simple. Read more

Making Tongue-and-Groove Pinch Sticks

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I often use overlapping “pinch sticks” instead of a tape measure to take inside measurements. But recently, when measuring some wide windows for installing trim, it was difficult to hold the two sticks in line. Then a solution came to me. I had some leftover tongue-and-groove wood paneling, so I just ripped the tongue-and-groove edges off of a board, plus an extra 3/8″ of solid wood to support each of these interlocking edges, to create pinch sticks. Read more