I have an "engineering notebook" which is a spiral-bound notebook with
1/4" grid graph paper for sheets. Works great for this sort of thing,
and also for drawing up scale-drawings of projects. Even house-sized
projects, come to think of it; the whole thing is drawn up by hand in
one that I've got to find again "just because".
of_the email@example.com (todd the wood junkie) wrote in message
If you all want a custom ruler, made up any way you want and rollable,
you can create your own in Illustrator or other apropriate program,
burn to disc and give it to a film house, who will output your file to
film as a positive (black marks on clear film) for a reasonable cost.
Much less than the precision metal rulers, and equally as accurate.
These outputs are accurate in both dimensions and printed at 2440 dpi,
the "dots" (laser exposed squares, actually) are barely discernable at
Since a ruler is so narrow, perhaps you can work a deal with them for
a particularly long one, as they may be able to gang it with another
job on a normally wasted margin of the film.
These people prefer Illustrator, PDF or Quark files for output, but
some can handle Corel and In Design as well.
I have several of these in my shop, as well as a "protractor", 18"
diameter, that I created for better accuracy in setting angles.
Graphic Artist (when I can get work!)
Have you tried this recently?
Very few printing companies use film anymore. It's all
direct-to-plate now-- works like a laserprinter, but puts out an
aluminum printing plate instead of film or paper. A few companies
can still generate film, but it's dying out fast.
A good stainless steel ruler will last forever (unless it gets
stolen), so it's a good investment. If you can't find exactly
what you want, a bit of time with Google probably will.
On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 19:41:41 -0000, firstname.lastname@example.org (Ron Bean)
You may be right, but you can always print them out on transparency
film at home. (At least, last time I checked you could) No doubt an
average Kinko's would have some kind of printable plastic, though not
Agreed. I like steel rulers- the aluminum ones I'm not so fond of,
after bending a couple, but the steel ones are nice.
Staples, OfficeMax, etc all have transparency film for inkjet and laser
printers that is intended for use with overhead projectors. Make sure that
the one you get lists your printer as compatible--there are some variations
in coating with the inkjet films that make a difference in how the ink
takes. Just check after you print and make sure that it's actually
accurate--some printers leave a little to be desired in the linearity
department and the dimensions aren't always exactly what you thought they
would be either.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
Thanks I downloaded it. Then I thought why? I already have an scan of
my Try-square that I made when testing the focus of the scanner.
We'll see which prints out more accurately, scanners can introduce
subtle errors in size as well as printers.
Of course or at least close enough. I think you are referring to a
copy function. But you don't have to use the copy function, just
scan. the result you get is of course a file which has nothing to do
with the size of anything. It is your soft ware and printer that will
determine how accurate the thing will be when you print it.
The paper ruler is just a scan of some ruler. I printed it and the
total length was indeed accurate, but using two different rules some
of the inch lines in the middle didn't line up. That suggests to me
that the ruler ws not flat on the scanner, or was imperfect.
I have tested my 99cent HF (3/4 by 16 feet) tape rule and found it
highly accurate compared to a Starrett Try-square. I could cut that
up and make a bunch of very accurate highly readable scales.
BTW, I have a Starrett that is marked as such and a second Try-square
which I think is a Starrett and looks exactly like my other
Try-square. It is marked on the non grooved side:
No. 23 The L.S.S. Co. No. 4
Athol, Mass. U.S.A
I am wondering if anyone can tell me where this old try-square fits
into the Starrett line and history, if it does. Thanks
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