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Thread: Making own rulers

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    Making own rulers

    I could not find a 18 degree wedge as large as I wanted, so I made my own. I used the smaller wedge I already had and just increased the length/width to suit my my needs. I used a clear acrylic plastic piece I already had and after drawing the lines, I cut it with a scroll saw because it was the only thing I had. The edges were a little wavy so I used 100 grit sand paper to get them straight.
    Hope the wedge shows up. BTW way it is 15 inches long, 2 1/8 inches at the smaller end and 6 7/8 inches at the the wider end. I have some plastic left over, so now I'll make either a 10 degree or a 9 degree wedge.
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    I am curious how did the scroll saw work? I have been wanting some rulers that I can not find.. and most of mine are home made... so I made some templates with card board but... I have the plexie (thats what I used last time) someone else cut it for me... but...if it is easy to use, i can borrow that saw... Love your idea it is a great one...

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    Great job!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramyx7 View Post
    I am curious how did the scroll saw work? I have been wanting some rulers that I can not find.. and most of mine are home made... so I made some templates with card board but... I have the plexie (thats what I used last time) someone else cut it for me... but...if it is easy to use, i can borrow that saw... Love your idea it is a great one...
    A scroll saw goes up and down (like the old hand held COPING SAW). I works just fine for me because I have done a lot of woodworking and have learned how to control cutting a straight line. Mine was a tiny bit wavy but I use sandpaper wrapped around a long flat board to sand out any high or low places.

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    My son made a few for me. Here is a link with lots of info:

    http://www.bcae1.com/plexi.htm

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    I'm impressed! You do a lot better than I do...I've made a 10 degree ruler out of cardboard. It worked to make a tree skirt, but I finally bought one & the new one has the 45 & 60 degree lines on it, so I can do more. Good job~

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    Quote Originally Posted by NanaCsews2 View Post
    My son made a few for me. Here is a link with lots of info:

    http://www.bcae1.com/plexi.htm
    wow, this is a VERY comprehensive article. makes the cost of a commercial ruler well worth the price
    Nancy in western NY

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    To get what you want some time you have to make it yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NanaCsews2 View Post
    My son made a few for me. Here is a link with lots of info:

    http://www.bcae1.com/plexi.htm
    great link-thanks
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Upnorthcrafter

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    saved some money?

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