You can check here, at Lee Valley.
The smallest they seem to have is a 10' x 1/2". Their 1" tapes (and almost
anyone elses that I can remember) are all longer - usually 12' or 16'.
Perhaps you could go with a happy medium. 12' x 3/4"? There's a
Lufkin with these dimensions.
I too have longed for a short tape with the wide blade, and have never
come across one. I suspect it is an issue of making the case
dimensions functional, where a properly-proportioned case that can
accommodate a 1" blade can hold a much longer amount of tape, so they
put it in there.
I currently use a tape with just such a compromise as mentioned here -
12' x 3/4", and it is reasonably satisfactory.
Seems to me that, if it's THAT important to have an 8' tape,
then pulling it out to its extreme, cutting off the excess, punching
holes in the 8' section to take care of the spring, then putting
it all back together again would do the trick.
On the other hand, what's the harm of a little extra? Sooner or
later you'll have a 9' or 10' board in the shop and you'll want to
mark off something "just out of the reach" of the 8' tape. ;-)
Jim Stuyck -- the pragmatist
The closest I can get to your requirement is the Blindman's Tape 12'-0" lg X
1" wide it comes either with R to L or L to R reading check :
I myself, for cabinet making prefer the Starrett Folding Extension Rule.
Check: http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p2560&cat=1,43513 I
find it more precise to adjust, gauge and marke the average pieces of wood.
It is especially useful when I adjust the table saw, checking the depth of a
hole and the thickness of board out of the planer and so on.
Not to mention that I have about 6 measuring tapes ranging from 10 feet to
I don't know about that. It seem unlikely to me that a manufacturer
would design two seperate cases for a 8' difference. Example: The
Stanley FaxMax 16' thru 35' all appear to have the same case.
I wouldn't be terribly sure about that- the spool that the tape winds
around will have to be a certain minimum size to accommodate the wider
tape (a wider tape usually has a more dramatic curve in it) Eight
feet of wound tape isn't going to make much of a difference in the
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