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post #1 of 14 Old 11-22-2017, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Unreasonable?

Would it be unreasonable to ask for a ruler that measures off 1/3 of an inch? It's one of those measurements that hangs me up about 9 times a month or so..

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
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Ive seen drafting rulers with odd measures like that. Not sure where you would get one nowadays.
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What are you measuring you want a dimension that is more than 5/16" off?
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Best solution I can see is mark your inches with a ruler then use a dial or digital caliper and add that odd fraction to it. If your job require multiple uses of that measure make a story stick to finish it off.
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What is your use for 1/3 of an inch? I typically use 1/32 on my rulers, 1/16 on my tapes, and decimals in my CNC work.
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Years ago I had a joke tape measure where every inch was a different length. I wish I could find one like it again.
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What are you measuring you want a dimension that is more than 5/16" off?
Everything that's an inch that I want to divide by 3?..
I'm going to just start making things either 1 1/8 and divide by 3/8 or 3/4 by 1/4.. The heck with this 21/64th stuff..

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What are you measuring you want a dimension that is more than 5/16" off?
???/

Off of what?

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Mark four lines equidistant from each other less than an inch apart for all three. Lay a straight edge with inch markings across all four lines at an angle with the inch marks on the outer marks and mark where each line intersects the straight edge.

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A person could make their own ruler making 1/3" increments.
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To divide a 1" wide board into thirds lay a ruler across it at an so you have a 1 1/2" measurement, mark each 1/2", board divided into three. This method works to easily divide any width into however many parts you want.

A printers rule with picas will get you close up to about a six inch span, after that the difference is noticeable.

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I'm with Steve Neul: if you need it that often, make your own. Get a smallish piece of hardwood and cut the marks into it with a knife (or chisel, or whatever)then fill them with ink. You can take the 1" marks (and maybe quarters?) from your preferred ruler, then use a divider to find the 1/3 and 2/3 marks. Make sure it's well seasoned, and it should stay pretty reliable.

Alternatively, buy a piece of brass stock, and do the same thing with that (only not using a chisel to cut the line). Either way should work fine.
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A 1/3 measurement sounds like something to use in the kitchen. Not in the shop.
Ive never seen a plan calling for 1/3.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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you can download a printable ruler that is graduated in 1/12 inch markings here

https://www.printablerulers.net/prev..._12-inch_by_12
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