Woodworker wooden Ruler

Hello fine friends. If you dont know I have a problem with the rules.

Stanley four square

Stanley four square

I dearly love old rules. They are of a time when the device used for measurement had a lot of care and craftsmanship made into them.
Here are some of the best.
Stanley Rule Level
Lufkin Rule
Upson Nut
E.A. Stearns
A Stanley
Standard Rule
Belcher Brothers

Boxwood is my favorite but there will be a day when I own an ivory Stanley SW.
The Makers and Markers of Gauges, Rules, Squares & Tapes

SW logo

SW logo

A really good read on Stanley Rules
Boxwood and Ivory (1984)
In the video I get a bit more in depth on a few of my favorites.

And Harry Rogers asked for a close up of a few shrinkage rules I have.
I know this might be a bit boring but we are talking Rulers not drill bits!

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

14 Responses to Woodworker wooden Ruler

  1. Anonymous says:

    You have (need!) a Lufkin Two-Way…

  2. eddieantley says:

    Dave , great video ,learned a lot, i too am a user of these type rulers just always seemed to keep it simple and easy to keep up with em, but loved the angle use of it thanks for sharing , you got me going now .will keep on the look out for more of these ,still use the other but these are the ones i use from the stare to finish of a build and they have always read true ,the 4 inches had me scratching my head and i really cant afford to much of that as it getting bald enough already, keep em coming my friend and try to stay warm ,spring is coming

    • David Bardin says:

      It is so good to hear from you.
      I am not going to be able to get up to the big wood show at Marty’s but I would dearly love to coma and visit with you again. Maybee this summer when it gets warmer I can ride over for the night.
      Thank for the comment!

      • eddieantley says:

        you will be there is spirit know your hands are full, and ill keep the porch lite on,and whenever you get over this way you got a place to stay , and have put a bid on a ruler ,its your fault , 🙂 ,like the small one with the caliper looks to be handy as a shirt pocket

  3. nvmepeter says:

    Though I cannot recall the exact details, but I was listening to a couple of well versed gents in tools, explaining and show contraction rulers. I think it went something along the lines that differn’t materials such as metals contract in size after being heated. There are rulers in existence that are made for each element. Sorry about foggy details, but the conversation went along that path, just some trivia for you .But I do believe they were titled contraction rulers. All the best Peter(Australia)

  4. JL7 says:

    No fair…..where, do the 4″ go…….maybe that little despicable me dude had something to do with it!

    You got a fine collection there my friend! I do like those cool old rules, and have a few laying around, will have to pull them out more often….

    Always good to see the videos Dave………..cool stuff.


    • David Bardin says:

      I have never seen a four foot. HMMMMM now I have to find one.
      Thanks Jeff, its rare I use a metal tape. With that said its rare I use a rule. I mostly take the stock to the project and use it for the next cut. But i do love the old boxwood rules.
      And just think rules is where Stanley started.

  5. Old Sneelock says:

    We share a fascination with rules. I will soon have to find another place to store them as the drawer is filling up.
    Using the folding rule as a protractor is a tip I had never heard of before.
    I can’t remember where I heard it or exactly how it’s done but there is a method of using a steel rule as a slide rule.
    Clever trick with the cans. I don’t want to give it away but I think it has something to do with where you start from. And I don’t mean Alabama. 🙂

    • David Bardin says:

      Do we now. I have rulefever so bad I want to buy everyone I see. You got it. The answer is the starting point of the measurement. I was first shown that can trick when I was a teenager. I went months trying to figure it out.

      • Old Sneelock says:

        Moving from my 20 x 40 two story workshop to a corner of a two car garage and a corner in the basement has forced me to pull back from my rabid acquisition of tools. It was hard at first since I was used to stopping at every flea market and antique store between Lansing and Kalamazoo on my way home from work. It got harder when I retired and could spend the day tool hunting wherever and whenever I wanted. Now I’m selling off some of the duplicates. In the case of auger bits it sometimes runs into 10 or 15 extra bits. I’ll never live long enough to wear out one so I won’t feel the loss.
        Still I haven’t brought myself to part with a single rule, caliper, micrometer, or compass.
        At least they are small and light weight. I could have gotten hooked on surface plates. 🙂

        • David Bardin says:

          I have been in my little shop for a few years now and happily had to fill it. I horse traded with fellow woodworkers, shopped eBay and did long weekends browsing flea markets and antique shops. Now that it is full the duplicates are starting to appear and a good shop cleaning is due. My small space is a 12 by 16 and is very cramped. It keeps my toolset at a minimum. Now I have starter looking at the power tools I havent touched in years. They are next to go.

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