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Tip on adding an erasable "note pad" to your tape measure.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #23 Nov-Dec 1991 pg. 10

Tip suggests Velcro as an improved belt holder for a steel tape measure.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #31 Mar-Apr 1993 pg. 12

Tip on modifying a steel tape measure to check the diagonal measurements of a carcase for squareness.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #74 Aug 1999 pg. 16

How to make a meter stick, decorated with a strawberry design.
DECORATING & CRAFT IDEAS Jul-Aug 1977 (v.8#6) pg. 32

Product review of the ENM tapeless tape measure.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #177 Nov 1976 (v.26#9) pg. 25

Tip: Make a flexible tape measure by gluing a cloth tape measure onto a venetian blind slat.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #235 Jan 1983 (v.33#1) pg. 88

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: Carry a short piece of tape measure in your wallet.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #299 Jun 1989 (v.39#6) pg. 108

Buying and maintaining a tape measure. How to use one for measuring, as a compass, a straightedge or as a hand-held calculator.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #342 Oct 1993 (v.43#9) pg. 22

Tip on making a steel ruler into a non-slip ruler by applying thin strips of silicon caulk.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #354 Jan 1995 (v.45#1) pg. 16

Tip on using both a tape measure and a short ruler to get accurate inside measurements.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #354 Jan 1995 (v.45#1) pg. 18

Special markings and inconsistencies in tape measures explained.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #364 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 (v.46#1) pg. 8

Tip on using a long aluminum rule (attached to a board) instead of a tape measure. It is much more accurate when measuring inside miter cuts.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #398 May 1999 (v.49#5) pg. 40

Layout tip when the measurement exceeds the length of your folding rule or tape.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #63 Oct-Nov 1990 pg. 26

Tip on using a "Speed Square" and a spring clamp to get an accurate tape measurement beginning at the short point of a miter.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #85 Dec 1993-Jan 1994 pg. 30

Tip: A durable 8-ft. ruler for marking plywood is made from a piece of aluminum angle and two self-stick tape rules.
FINE WOODWORKING #79 Nov-Dec 1989 pg. 16

Simple stop block for a yardstick is clamped using a spring binder clip.
FINE WOODWORKING #103 Nov-Dec 1993 pg. 22

Tip on modifying a telescoping radio antenna to make accurate inside measurements.
FINE WOODWORKING #116 Jan-Feb 1996 pg. 14

A basic layout kit. Well-made furniture and cabinets start with accurate layout tools. A look at the square, bevel gauge, ruler, marking gauge, divider, and trammel.
FINE WOODWORKING #121 Nov-Dec 1996 pg. 84

Technique for approximating and communicating measurements down to 1/64" using a 1/16" tape measure.
FINE WOODWORKING #129 Mar-Apr 1998 pg. 32

Measuring tips for using both the zigzag (folding) ruler and the lockable tape measure.
HOME MECHANIX #700 Aug 1986 (v.82) pg. 20

Tip: How to prevent a flexible steel tape from flopping when taking overhead measurements.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #676 Aug 1984 (v.80) pg. 18

Tip on protecting your tape measure with paste wax.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #121 Jan-Feb 1990 pg. 14

Suction cup holds the end of a steel tape measure more securely than the metal tip which must hook over an edge.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1966 (v.126#3) pg. 119

Ideas for using adhesive-backed measuring tapes.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1972 (v.200#2) pg. 40

Make 4-ft and 8-ft "yardsticks" (layout sticks) for use with plywood.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #56 Sep 1990 (v.10#2) pg. 8

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

An alternative to a combination square. Technique for holding a wooden folding rule to draw a line on a work piece that will be within a 1/64" to either side of accurate.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #97 Jul 1997 (v.17#3) pg. 27

Tips on using various "Pro-Stick" professional adhesive rulers to aid the photographer.
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER #2140 Sep 1990 (v.117) pg. 45

Support which holds a rule for marking out on a surface plate.
PROJECTS IN METAL Aug 1990 (v.3#4) pg. 24

Adjustable set-up gauge constructed of walnut and brass is used to measure height, depth and distance. It incorporates an accurate steel ruler.
SHOPNOTES #5 Sep 1992 (v.1) pg. 24

Corner tape holders for checking the diagonals of a cabinet or drawer.
SHOPNOTES #25 Jan 1996 (v.5) pg. 29

Precision measurements for the car restorer. Part 1. Rules, dividers and calipers.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #215 Jun 1994 (v.18#11) pg. 19

Tip on lubricating a steel tape measure.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #825 May 1998 (v.94) pg. 22

How to use a folding rule equipped with a slide-out extension to make many measuring jobs easy.
WOOD MAGAZINE #21 Feb 1988 (v.5#1) pg. 91

Tip: Coat metal tape measures with auto body wax to keep them operating smoothly.
WOOD MAGAZINE #24 Aug 1988 (v.5#4) pg. 18

Make your own "rescaled rulers" to enlarge or reduce a pattern or object by a specific percentage.
WOOD MAGAZINE #28 Apr 1989 (v.6#2) pg. 14

Lay-out tool which helps when marking many screw holes all inset the same distance from an edge.
WOODSMITH #97 Feb 1995 (v.17) pg. 17

Tip on modifying a tape measure to facilitate diagonal (corner-to-corner) measurements of drawers, carcases, etc.
WOODSMITH #120 Dec 1998 (v.20) pg. 5

Unique wooden housing for storing a cloth tape measure (the type used in sewing).
WOODTURNING #61 Mar 1998 pg. 33

Tip on getting more accurate measurements when using a tape measure by starting all measurements at 10".
WOODWORK #28 Aug 1994 pg. 16

Tools of the trade. Testing the bench tools that go to make up a cabinetmaker's basic kit. Part 1. Rules, marking gauges, squares, etc.
WOODWORKER #1110 May 1986 (v.90#5) pg. 432

Tip on joining plastic rulers with a small hinge to make a folding straightedge.
WOODWORKER Jul 1990 (v.94#7) pg. 677

Auxiliary pointed tip for use with a flexible steel tape measure when checking diagonals for square.
WOODWORKER Jul 1994 (v.98#7) pg. 72

Tip on improving the gripping power of a tape measure hook.
WOODWORKER Feb 1995 (v.99#2) pg. 93

Make a block to calibrate a tape measure with a hook on the end.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1997 (v.21#6) pg. 8

Tip shows how to make a simple rack from wood scraps to hold folding rules and steel tapes.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1978 (v.34#5) pg. 9