Sometimes I prefer to not use my tape measure, especially when I have already made a prototype piece. In this case I had already made a drawer sample, to show my client for his approval (click on all images to enlarge them):
After receiving the green light to make the remaining drawers, I completed the drawer boxes but not the slips and bottoms. During the machining of maple stock to make the solid wood bottoms, a new tool arrived in the mail: the brand-new Czeck Edge Rule Stop – Introductory Price is $27.95:
From the Czeck Edge web site:
…Besides a rule, the unique design permits the Czeck Edge ruler stop to clamp tightly to practically anything that can fit between the 1 1/4″ maximum jaw width. A shop made straight edge of any length, a story stick or a machine fence can all benefit from the repeatable accuracy the Czeck Edge ruler stop provides. The jaws can also grab round stock to just shy of 1/4″ diameter, making a handy depth gauge…
I took on the challenge, as I needed to duplicate the prototype drawer bottom dimensions, and also wanted to set the blade height for another little project. For the drawer bottoms I wanted to get close to final length:
I simply inserted a 3-foot rule into the jaws, allowing an extra inch for the length:
Using this technique I had the new boards marked in a few seconds – and I did not have to put difficult-to-read pencil marks on the rule!
For the drawer width, I wanted to use the little story stick I was using for the drawer slips. So I simply marked the distance from the edge of the tongue on the far edge, to the edge of the nearest tongue:
The last thing I did was to to set the blade height for a slot on another board:
BobZ, I love this new Rule Stop – thanks!
Disclosure: Czeck Edge (Robert Zajicek, Owner) is a sponsor of my blog. I received the first-run Rule Stop for evaluation in my shop and projects.
— Al Navas