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My plan for my new drill press and router tables is to have t-tracks and sliding rulers embedded into the top on both sides of the bit so that I can easily and accurately set the fence. I have set aside 1 1/2" slots for those rulers.

My original idea was to use the Home Depot yard sticks, but thay have only 1/8" granulation, so they are now out.

After looking around a while, I finally decided to give up on buying them and made my own using Sketchup and double sided tape. They are just printed out and stuck to paint stirrers (of course!) with carpet tape, and covered with clear packing tape. I need some legal paper to be able to make 12" rulers, or I can splice them together if I need to.

I think this is going to give me what I'm looking for. The thing I like the most about it is that I can change them to be exactly the way I want.

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I have done the same, but since i have access to larger printers and plotters, I have made a PDF of rulers to print on 11x17 paper (attached). Then apply double stick tape to the surface, then carefully apply the ruler desired to the tape, being careful NOT to pull too hard and stretch the ruler.

Best to print one and check with an accurate scale (such as a draftsman's scale) to make sure the printer is not distorting the output. Since I made these in MicroStation (CAD) I was also able to make a scaled version that printed correctly on my printer at home, scalng by very minute percentages.

Note that the text describing the rulers will not print...

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Yes, those are pretty close to what I was looking for, but they are only 1/2" wide and 8 feet longer that I need. Also, I am such a cheapskate that after shipping, I'd wonder if it was worth the cost.
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Mike, I used sketchup and the 1:1 scaling for the printout, and it comes out exact.

We do have a large plotter at work, maybe I can use that for a couple of printouts.
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Yes, those are pretty close to what I was looking for, but they are only 1/2" wide and 8 feet longer that I need. Also, I am such a cheapskate that after shipping, I'd wonder if it was worth the cost.
Chris, that is a very good price! Usually I see 6 foot ones for $6-8 or more. They are accurate and made of steel.

By the way the measurement that usually matters on a drill press is fence to center of the bit. A $3 6" steel pocket rule works well. I could see a tape for left and right spacing sometimes, but not front to back!

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Chris, that is a very good price! Usually I see 6 foot ones for $6-8 or more. They are accurate an made of steel.

By the way the measurement that usually matters on a drill press is fence to center of the bit. A $3 6" steel pocket rule works well. I could see a tape for left and right spacing sometimes, but not front to back!
shows you how much of a cheapskate i am i guess ...

i would use the front to back measurements alot because i often want to center the hole on the stock the short way. in that case, i can simple set the fence that distance from the bit's center. then i can put a stop block on the fence to make multiple holes in the same spot over and over.

to center the rulers, i put in a 1/4" rod in the drill and use a straight edge to set the rulers such that the straight edge lines up with the 1/8" mark on both the left and right rulers.

then, to make 1/4" holes 3/4" from the ends of a 12" x 1 1/2" wide piece of stock, i can simply set the fence at 3/4" on the rulers and a stop block on the fence also 3/4" to the right of the bit centerline. then i can go to town.

while i'm sure everyone has their preferred way of doing it, this is currently my preferred way to approach it. over time, that may change or course.
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How do you do 1-1 printouts of su?

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in the print dialog, about 3/4 of the way down, on the right there is a checkbox that says use model extents, and below that there are boxes where you can put in the scaling.

you have to be using parallel projection and have the camera at one of the standard perspectives.
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By the way the measurement that usually matters on a drill press is fence to center of the bit. A $3 6" steel pocket rule works well.
@DMeadows - thanks for rattling my brain. I just threw a tri square in the trash because it won't measure an accurate 90 deg regardless how many times I try to adjust it. I did keep the metal rule part. :-) I think I just found a new use for it.
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