All my tools are no good any more.
I planed some wood to 3/4" and it seemed OK.
I cut some strips to 1/8" and they seem to fit OK.
What went wrong? I got a new digital caliper for Christmas. I just found
out the wood I planed (or so I thought) to 3/4" is way under size. Not only
does it measure .742, it has low spots that measure .740
The 1/8" strips shrunk also. The first one I grabbed was a mere .123.
I've already tossed the defective wood into the wood stove and I'm setting
my tools out by the curb for trash day. Now that I have a digital readout
caliper, I'm going to buy all new tools that are accurate and start over.
Anyone know the correct time? My watch says 10:42 but the digital clock
says it is 10:43:15 so I'm going to be late for an appointment
Thanks for proving me wrong... I always tell people that when drilling
holes with my equipment, they don't need to worry about runout as much as
metal workers do because I'd never heard of someone using either a caliper
or micrometer on wood... You, my dear friend just erased that argument from
my answer book. :(
I figured the time discrepancy comment would be enough to eliminate the
In reality, the caliper is probably not going to increase accuracy very
much, if any, but is easier than trying to see those little lines on the
Goodness - gracious,
Throw out the parts and try again. Off by 8/100's or more!!!!!!
There is a hundredths scale on my old frame square. I haven't
been able to read that scale without glasses and a magnifying
glass for over 20 years.
My dad is a retired tool and die maker. I always remember him
making a drawer for a stereo, no probably hi-fi cabinet when I was
a kid. We lived in arid Colorado and there were still plenty of
days that you couldn't make that drawer budge. Wait for a few low
humidity days and it would work just fine. His clearance
allowance would have been unconscionable in metal work.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
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