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Tip on quickly marking a board into equal divisions using an ordinary ruler.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #12 Jan-Feb 1990 pg. 8

How to make and use a story pole, a straight stick that is marked with vertical dimensions of a work piece in progress.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #35 Nov-Dec 1993 pg. 49

An electronically enhanced angle gauge (plastic drafting triangle) turns on an LED to indicate a perfect 45-degree angle or 90-degree angle. Used to adjust a saw blade, jointer fence, etc.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #42 Dec 1994 pg. 112

Tip on using a telescoping radio antenna to check diagonal measurements when squaring up a carcase.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #50 Feb 1996 pg. 24

The best tools for measuring, marking and layout. Basic gear for accurate woodworking.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #62 1998 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 12

Tips for marking and measuring for woodworking projects.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #92 Feb 2002 pg. 76

Faster, straighter, nicer. Common-sense measuring tips to improve the appearance of your construction projects.
AUDIOXPRESS Jul 2003 (v.34#7) pg. 48

Tip: Make a long-handled, T-shaped measuring device from a yardstick and broom handle for measuring large areas single-handedly.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Feb 1981 (v.59#2) pg. 50

Tip: How to use a framing square and a combination square to measure the diameter of a large circular object.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1986 (v.64#7) pg. 42

Measuring bow made from a yardstick, string, and dowel. Used in map making.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 1965 (v.55#6) pg. 56

Tips on using your hands, fingers, arms and feet to estimate various distances.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1982 (v.72#2) pg. 43

Map meter. Make a simple tool that has a calibrated wheel that rolls along a map and converts inches into miles.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1983 (v.73#12) pg. 56

Tip: How to keep a layout string taut without slippage.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1987 (v.11#3) pg. 63

Accuracy in woodworking. Quality tools and knowing where accuracy counts are the keys.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1988 (v.11#7) pg. 27
Added Info CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jul 1988 (v.11#10) pg. 6
Added Info CANADIAN WORKSHOP Oct 1988 (v.12#1) pg. 6

Tips on dealing with metric measurement in woodworking.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP May 1988 (v.11#8) pg. 54
Added Info CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jul 1988 (v.11#10) pg. 6
Correction CANADIAN WORKSHOP Aug 1988 (v.11#11) pg. 5
Added Info CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1988 (v.12#3) pg. 6

Marking and measuring. A look at simple gadgets and techniques for the woodworker.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1989 (v.12#4) pg. 21

Squaring up large projects. Tips on using geometry, measuring sticks, and winding sticks.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1995 (v.18#7) pg. 19

Straight, square and true. Five simple measuring techniques that guarantee your big projects stay square and level.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jun 1995 (v.18#9) pg. 67

Tip on dividing an odd-width board into equal parts without measuring.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1995 (v.19#3) pg. 8

Special ALMANAC issue includes many measurement tables, statistical tables, formulas, tips and techniques. Topics covered include field, garden, livestock, cooking, equipment, measurements, wood heating and folklore.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1989 (v.73#2) pg. 22

Combine a laser diode type pointer with a small torpedo level and an angle finder level to project a reference line, measure the angle of a wing, etc.

Simple digital-like circuit that can be used as a level monitor for pressure, temperature, fluid and other similar types of sensors.
ELECTRONICS WORLD Oct 1970 (v.84#4) pg. 69

How to build and use a batter board.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #228 Apr 1982 (v.32#4) pg. 104

Tip: Convert an old bicycle fork and wheel into a distance measuring device.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #235 Jan 1983 (v.33#1) pg. 62

Tip: Use matched sections of tongue-and-groove material to make a "story pole".
FAMILY HANDYMAN #270 Jul-Aug 1986 (v.36#6) pg. 96

Tools for measuring. Tips on using various rulers, including a "story pole" and parts of your own body.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #271 Sep 1986 (v.36#7) pg. 8

Tip on using a dollar bill to estimate measurements.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #307 Apr 1990 (v.40#4) pg. 92

Tip on brightening the numbers on engraved measuring tools.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #312 Oct 1990 (v.40#9) pg. 43

How to ensure that projects are built straight, square, plumb and level.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #318 May 1991 (v.41#5) pg. 8

Make a bevel board to speed the set up of a sliding T-bevel.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #348 May 1994 (v.44#5) pg. 22

Time-tested tricks of the carpenter trade to guarantee quick and accurate measuring and marking.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #388 May 1998 (v.48#5) pg. 79

Tick sticking. A simple carpentry secret for marking out and cutting complex shapes.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #390 Jul-Aug 1998 (v.48#7) pg. 84

Tip: Use a tape measure along with a combination square to make more accurate inside measurements.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #13 Feb-Mar 1983 pg. 12

Ticksticking. How to accurately layout a large, irregularly shaped panel, using a nautical carpentry technique.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #20 Apr-May 1984 pg. 49

Make this slipstick measuring device to measure distances between floor and ceiling.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #22 Aug-Sep 1984 pg. 14

Tips for making an improved batter board to support stringlines.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #28 Aug-Sep 1985 pg. 16

How to transfer the location of four (or more) existing holes to a work piece when the holes are not "square".
FINE HOMEBUILDING #32 Apr-May 1986 pg. 16

Tips on converting to the metric system in the U.S. building industry.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #60 Apr-May 1990 pg. 100
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #62 Aug-Sep 1990 pg. 6

Tip on using inexpensive drywall tape to mark off actual measurements (complete with notes).
FINE HOMEBUILDING #64 Dec 1990-Jan 1991 pg. 32

Tip on locating the left and right sides for a given opening in the center of a wall without actually having to locate the center of the wall.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #86 Feb-Mar 1994 pg. 28

Jig for making accurate measurements starting at the short point on a mitered piece of trim.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #106 Dec 1996-Jan 1997 pg. 30

Lasers on the job site. Pros and cons of the new electronic stringlines.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #106 Dec 1996-Jan 1997 pg. 82

The stick method of measuring and drawing simplifies the layout of big jobs. A review of this ancient technique which uses a stick with many pencil lines scribed on it as a substitute for full-scale drawings. Every element of a job can be drawn on just 2 sticks.
FINE WOODWORKING #6 Spring 1977 pg. 46

Precision. Accurate woodworking tips from steel-rule die makers. Includes proving a table saw, adjusting band saw and jigsaws, accurate measurement, cutting to precise dimensions with a table saw, precision crosscutting, step and repeat, use of ice-pick to safely cut small pieces on a table saw, and miter gauge adjustment.
FINE WOODWORKING #17 Jul-Aug 1979 pg. 71

Tip: Rubberband a notepad to your wrist when making measurements.
FINE WOODWORKING #19 Nov-Dec 1979 pg. 26

Indexing jig allows accurate positioning for multiple cuts, dadoes, holes, etc.
FINE WOODWORKING #31 Nov-Dec 1981 pg. 18

Sparmakers' gauge is used to mark square-sectioned stock to be worked into an octagon (or round) cross section.
FINE WOODWORKING #41 Jul-Aug 1983 pg. 56

Japanese measuring and marking tools. Includes the sumitsubo, sashigane, and keshiki.
FINE WOODWORKING #48 Sep-Oct 1984 pg. 68

Make a set of wooden 1-2-3 blocks (rectangular gauge blocks measuring 1"x2"x3") to speed the setup of machine tools.
FINE WOODWORKING #77 Jul-Aug 1989 pg. 72

Arguments favoring the use of the metric system in woodworking.
FINE WOODWORKING #83 Jul-Aug 1990 pg. 10
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #84 Sep-Oct 1990 pg. 4
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #85 Nov-Dec 1990 pg. 10

Simple instrument sets precise angles on table saw and radial arm saw. Making and using a sine bar, along with a gauge block, framing square, and bevel gauge to achieve precise angular cuts.
FINE WOODWORKING #95 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 60
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #97 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 6
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #99 Mar-Apr 1993 pg. 8

Story poles and how to use them. Constructing and locating kitchen cabinets without a tape measure by using cabinet story poles and site story poles.
FINE WOODWORKING #105 Mar-Apr 1994 pg. 66

Tip on using a laser pointer as an accurate cutoff gauge when doing repetitive cutting of work pieces to the same length.
FINE WOODWORKING #112 May-Jun 1995 pg. 16

Adjustable-length feeler gauge for taking accurate inside measurements of cabinets.
FINE WOODWORKING #113 Jul-Aug 1995 pg. 16

Round tenon sizing gauge made from Baltic-birch plywood.
FINE WOODWORKING #134 Jan-Feb 1999 pg. 18

How to measure and mark your work accurately.
HANDY ANDY Mar 1980 (v.4#6) pg. 34

Make a telescoping measuring stick from a couple of pine lengths and some bolts and wing nuts. Use it to find the exact inside measurement of a cabinet or door jamb.
HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1984 (v.9#6) pg. 12

Layout techniques for the workshop. Some basic tips and ideas for jigs to simplify layouts for repeated jobs. (1) Template for frequently used circle sizes. (2) Simple way to locate lathe center points on the end of square stock. (3) Even division of circles. (4) Marking hidden edges. (5) Making ellipses. (6) Laying out a corner radius. (7) Locating the center of round stock. (8) Automatic layout for center punching. (9) Drawing compass-struck arcs at the edge of material. (10) Dividing odd-size pieces into equal widths. (11) Draw circles on material with the center cut out. (12) Scribe easy-to-see lines on metal. (13) Self-centering fixture for layout out and drilling rounds. (14) Automatic center-line scriber. (15) Angle layouts.
HOMEOWNER Sep 1985 (v.10#7) pg. 63

Tip: How to use two eight- to ten-foot 1x1s to measure large, overhead areas.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1982 (v.7#3) pg. 96

Tools to help you measure and draw plans that will eliminate costly mistakes.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Mar-Apr 1983 (v.8#2) pg. 101

Tips on changing English scales to Metric scales on your woodworking machines.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION May-Jun 1978 (v.67#5) pg. 45

Overhead transparency master illustrates basic measuring tools used in woodworking, house construction, etc.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Oct 1982 (v.71#7) pg. 32

Overhead transparency master illustrates various precision measuring tools.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Dec 1982 (v.71#9) pg. 38

Tips on using your hands as measuring tools.
KITCHEN GARDEN #5 Oct-Nov 1996 pg. 10

Advice for kite flyers on quick and easy ways to estimate the angle of elevation without fancy equipment. Includes tip on how to make a simple quadrant from a flat stick, cardboard, a piece of cord, a weight and a protractor.
KITE LINES Spring 1991 (v.8#3) pg. 41

A guide to the basic tools for measuring in woodworking.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #608 Jan 1979 (v.75) pg. 82

Simple gauge quickly shows the thickness of wood up to 1" thick.
NATIONAL CARVERS REVIEW Aug 1977 (v.8#3) pg. 29

Tip: Adjustable jig for measuring treads for a staircase or fitted shelves for a bookcase or cabinet. Helps guarantee that the tread or shelf will fit exactly.
NEW SHELTER Jul-Aug 1983 (v.4#6) pg. 23

Tips on making construction measuring easier. Includes the use of a story pole for making duplicate cuts.
NEW SHELTER Mar 1985 (v.6#3) pg. 65

Measuring up. How to properly measure a room (or a houseful of rooms) in order to prepare a scaled drawing.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1984 (v.12#8) pg. 172

Tip on using slipsticks (instead of a ruler) to get an accurate measurement.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1994 (v.22#5) pg. 22

Using sound for detection and measurement. (1) Distance-measuring system acts like a simple radar system. (2) Motion detector is based on the Doppler effect.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Sep 1990 (v.7#9) pg. 82

A 4x magnifying thickness gauge measures in 64ths.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1963 (v.120#2) pg. 176

Inclinometer. A device to measure the angle or angular movement of your saw table, lathe chuck, or any other tilting surface.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1967 (v.128#6) pg. 176

Measuring instrument shows variations as small as 1/1000".
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1968 (v.129#1) pg. 196

How to use the fingers on your hands to accurately estimate various measurements.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1981 (v.156#3) pg. 170

Sheet steel tool. A pocket tool, which can double as a key ring, is suitable for checking several common measurements and can be used as an "emergency" screwdriver, wrench, thread chaser, etc.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1982 (v.158#2) pg. 87

Workshop minicourse. Measuring and marking.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1984 (v.161#7) pg. 106

36 woodworking tips. Includes tips on joinery, sanding, measuring, saws & saw blades, gluing, etc.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1984 (v.161#11) pg. 138

Measuring up. From rules and gauges to calipers and squares. A look at what's available in measuring and marking tools.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1986 (v.163#9) pg. 87

Tip on using a beverage can pull tab as a .015" feeler gauge to set auto ignition points.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1990 (v.167#10) pg. 106

Spotting tool for machinists allows the transfer of hole locations from one piece of stock to another.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1971 (v.199#6) pg. 90

Some tips on what impact metric measurements may have on your workshop.
POPULAR SCIENCE Nov 1973 (v.203#5) pg. 127

Precision is easy with these tips for shop accuracy. How to properly use measuring instruments, like rulers and squares, when laying out wood projects. How to true up your saws and learn to cut exactly along the line desired. How to assemble finished projects accurately using jigs and spacers.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1978 (v.213#6) pg. 108

If building goes metric, what will the switch mean to home improvement and construction. Tables give metric equivalent of common construction materials and supplies.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1980 (v.216#2) pg. 57

How metric measurement makes construction (such as laying out floors and decks) easier, because the planning can be done on a calculator.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1984 (v.224#5) pg. 129

Tip on marking a tube, pipe or round turning for cutting at an angle.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #53 Mar 1990 (v.9#5) pg. 9

Tips on accurate measuring and marking depending on the requirements of a woodworking project.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #62 Sep 1991 (v.11#2) pg. 16

Scrap wood corner gauges. Making templates for repetitious marking in production situations.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #63 Nov 1991 (v.11#3) pg. 74

Mistakes of the hand and mind. Tips on measuring and cutting in woodworking in order to eliminate mistakes.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #86 Sep 1995 (v.15#2) pg. 58

Measuring and marking tools for the woodworker. Details units of measure, straightedges and rules, methods for accurate long measurements, and folding rules. Shop-made straightedge, pinch rods and winding sticks described.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #90 May 1996 (v.16#2) pg. 18

Using the "Kaltek" RC-103 module, along with common components and a simple calculator, to build an instrument to measure resistance, capacitance, temperature, RPM, length, or angles. May also be used as part of a stopwatch or light meter.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Jan 1985 (v.56#1) pg. 79

Ten measuring rules every craftsman should know.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Jan 1964 (v.35#1) pg. 96

Building your mathematical tool box. (1) Measuring circumference of the earth. (2) Measuring land and laying out square corners with the 3,4,5 triangle. (3) Measuring height of tall objects using shadows. (4) Rules of probability. (5) Measuring the circumference of a circle. (6) Topology and the Mobius strip.
SCIENCE PROBE! Jul 1991 (v.1#3) pg. 20
Added Info SCIENCE PROBE! Apr 1992 (v.2#2) pg. 19
Added Info SCIENCE PROBE! Nov 1992 (v.2#4) pg. 6

Two procedures for measuring the radius of the earth. One method uses three stones, a line of string and a ruler. The second needs a clear view of the sunset from a beach overlooking a large calm lake and a stopwatch.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN May 1979 (v.240#5) pg. 172

The amateur scientist. How the sun's reflection from water offers a means of calculating the slopes of waves. By photographing the reflection, one can compute the maximum slope without having to go out on the water. Experiments with reflections from a tilted mirror help illustrate the concepts.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Jun 1985 (v.252#6) pg. 130

Layout techniques. Simple tips to improve the measurement precision of your woodworking.
SHOPNOTES #10 Jul 1993 (v.2) pg. 22

Technique for getting perfectly even spacing between a series of holes.
SHOPNOTES #34 Jul 1997 (v.6) pg. 30

The understanding and use of precision measuring instruments as they apply in building and servicing engines.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #162 Jan 1990 (v.14#6) pg. 27

Precison measurements for the car restorer. Part 4. Small hole gauges, telescoping gauges, thickness (feeler) gauges, and vernier calipers.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #218 Sep 1994 (v.19#2) pg. 12
Added Info SKINNED KNUCKLES #219 Oct 1994 (v.19#3) pg. 32

Astronomical computing. Getting the most from a spherometer. Spherometer formulas explained. Includes a BASIC computer program to calculate the sagitta, radius of curvature, and spherometer span.
SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1986 (v.72#3) pg. 278
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 1988 (v.76#2) pg. 203

How to make and use a "bulkhead stick" to draw a pattern for a large curved panel (bulkhead) to be cut from expensive plywood.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #48 Apr-May 1986 pg. 87

A few good measuring tips for use when constructing aircraft, or any other project which requires accuracy.
SPORT AVIATION Jul 1986 (v.35#7) pg. 27

Wing incidence tool is used to check the incidence, wash-in or wash-out of an airplane's wing.
SPORT AVIATION Jan 1987 (v.36#1) pg. 60

Secret measures. Tricks one carpenter uses.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #808 Sep 1996 (v.92) pg. 82
Added Info TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #812 Feb 1997 (v.93) pg. 8

Tip: Top 20 tools for accurate measuring and layout.
WOOD MAGAZINE #11 Jun 1986 (v.3#3) pg. 85

Tip on drawing straight, parallel lines along the axis of round stock.
WOOD MAGAZINE #16 Apr 1987 (v.4#2) pg. 16

Two ways to accurately measure the diameter of an object using ordinary measuring tools.
WOOD MAGAZINE #26 Dec 1988 (v.5#6) pg. 16

How to make a quick reference gauge for checking the diameter of a drill bit, dowel, bolt, etc.
WOOD MAGAZINE #41 Feb 1991 (v.8#2) pg. 17

How to use a combination square's centering head to transfer layout lines from the face of a board to an edge.
WOOD MAGAZINE #44 Aug 1991 (v.8#5) pg. 12

Tip for using a hex-headed bolt to lay out three or six equally spaced divisions around a wheel.
WOOD MAGAZINE #44 Aug 1991 (v.8#5) pg. 13

Five measuring and marking rules in order to avoid wasting wood and ensure quality results.
WOOD MAGAZINE #77 Feb 1995 (v.12#2) pg. 45
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #82 Oct 1995 (v.12#7) pg. 6

Set of hardwood thickness blocks is used to set position of saw fence, router bit, biscuit jointer, etc.
WOOD MAGAZINE #84 Dec 1995 (v.12#9) pg. 51

Tip on using "Post-It" paper to mark the location of studs or hidden nailers.
WOOD MAGAZINE #85 Jan 1996 (v.13#1) pg. 16

Modified plastic draftsman's triangle helps check the squareness of a leg-and-rail project.
WOOD MAGAZINE #98 Aug 1997 (v.14#5) pg. 22

Mark with precision. Top-quality joints depend on layout lines that are accurate, sharp, and easy to follow. Some tips.
WOOD MAGAZINE #141 Apr 2002 (v.19#3) pg. 22

Make your mark. Suggestions for marking the components of a woodworking project so that they are assembled correctly.
WOOD MAGAZINE #149 Jun-Jul 2003 (v.20#3) pg. 34

How to use a "jogglestick" to layout the curves and miters required when fitting a bulkhead to a boat hull.
WOODENBOAT #39 Mar-Apr 1981 pg. 106

Pattern for an articulated shipwright's curve is used for taking the shape of boat frames directly off the hull.
WOODENBOAT #74 Jan-Feb 1987 pg. 12

Tip: Turn a stair-step gauge for quick and accurate setting of outside calipers.
WOODSMITH #21 May 1982 pg. 3

Jig uses a "floating block" which rides in a sliding dovetail to set the exact height of a table saw blade, a bit on a router table, etc.
WOODSMITH #31 Jan-Feb 1984 pg. 3

Tip on making your own set-up gauges from scrap wood. This guarantees that you can repeatedly set the same angle between saw blade and miter gauge. Especially important when working with unusual angles.
WOODSMITH #56 Apr 1988 pg. 3

Tip on using two sliding sticks clamped together to get an exact measurement between two parallel panels.
WOODSMITH #91 Feb 1994 (v.16) pg. 17

Tip: Make a step-gauge for accurate setting of a marking gauge.
WOODWORKER #1065 Aug 1982 (v.86) pg. 529

Calibrated wedge is used to measure the size of a gap between two objects or to set a caliper to a particular opening.
WOODWORKER Jun 1990 (v.94#6) pg. 569

Sizes without rules. How to make and use measuring laths to get more accurate inside or diagonal measurements.
WOODWORKER Jul 1993 (v.97#7) pg. 84

Tools for measuring and marking.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1970 (v.26#1) pg. 37

Tip shows an accurate and easy way to locate the exact center of a wall floor plate.
WORKBENCH Jun-Jul 1996 (v.52#3) pg. 15