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In this video we review 5 Quick Measuring Hacks with framing squares, rulers and a tape measure.
One thing that is constant in woodworking – there is LOTS of measuring and working with numbers and woodworkers have devised many different ways to quickly do things that doesn’t involve sitting down with a calculator or trying to work out some complicated math to get accuracy.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Always thought it was just me that would mark on the previous increment. I have asked other trades if they have made the same mistake but none would admit it.

  2. You lost me when you don’t even use a Stanley tape. Lufkin is a decent brand for homeowners but those cheap crappy little tapes you’re using usually go off measure when you run them out.

  3. Thanks for the videos. Very clever and informative. I think the clear plastic "engineer squares" are also called drafting triangles.

  4. Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! The purpose of using the angled ruler to divide a board into equal pieces was to avoid the math. But you just set yourself up to do different math with your method. And by the way, not everybody struggles with elementary school arithmetic. Half of eleven and a half is five and a half and a quarter.

  5. When measuring diagonally to divide the odd sized board into equal widths, observe the previous tip. Put the measuring stick with the numbers right side up.

  6. My tip for measuring is to use THE SAME measurement device during a task.
    Sometimes we measure a space using a measuring tape, than we cut the shelf using a carpenter's wooden folding rule… OMG, they never measure the same…

  7. 1:48 As soon as you have more than one cut, you will only get exactly equual width if you take the thickness of of the blade into account. Otherwise the outermost pieces will not be the exact same width as the middle ones. The outer ones will be half a blades width wider.

  8. Here's an easy way to divide a number by 2. Let's say you want to divide 17 3/8 in half. Divide 17 by 2, and you get 8 then add the 3 and the 8, double the 8, and you get 8 11/16. To Ddvide 9 1/2 by two, divide 9 by 2 and get 4, add 1 and 2, double the 2, and you get 4 3/4.

  9. There’s a missing tip! Why don’t US carpenters switch to metric for shop woodworking? Addition, multiplication, division etc are just so much easier. You’re automatically getting 1/25th of an inch accuracy. And it works for very small distances or larger distances without changing units? I used feet an inches for years. Made the transition to metric and it did take a little time to get used to it but now I can’t imagine going back. I know in the US that you have to buy material in imperial.

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