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11 years 4 months ago - 11 years 4 months ago #8573 by AZ IRONWOOD
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Having difficulty finding the exact center [or an offset measurement] of a given project?

Simply take two inexpensive plastic cased tape measures, and glue their spines back-back, in-line with each other. (If their screws are long enough, you could fashion an aluminum bracket, to hold them together, rather than using glue) The two I used have cases that were two inches wide. To use, hook the tape ends to opposing ends of the project; and slide the cases until the same measurement can be read on both tapes, at the point both cases are glued together. It'll take a little 'learening' reading one of the markings, since it'll be facing the opposite direction. There are undoubtly premade centering reading tapes available, but time was a constrant; and I already had two cheapy tapes on hand. Run a narrow marking pen along the glue line, as an aid to allow using that juncture, to mark your project.

Be sure to compare the scales of your measuring devices. Not all are calibrated accurately. It's exasperating, and a test of your vocal skills, trying to assemble a project involving multiple workers [happened at a millwork shop I worked at], and then you find all the measurements that one person made were wrong, due to an inaccurately calibrated tape measure !!! Fortunately on the long side, so trimming cured the issue.
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