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In today's flyer from Woodcraft they are selling precision T squares in Imperial and METRIC! Coupled with metric router bits and I think template guides, it looks like this trickle will soon become a torrent that can be paid for with your already metric currency!

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Gee Harry, I wonder where Woodcrafts product manager got the idea to start including metric items?

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Harry, did you have anything to do with that?

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In today's flyer from Woodcraft they are selling precision T squares in Imperial and METRIC! Coupled with metric router bits and I think template guides, it looks like this trickle will soon become a torrent that can be paid for with your already metric currency!
I got the same flyer.
I wouldn't mind a set of imperial & metric but I'll need to save my pennies.....
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I told all you guys once before, Metric is not evil. Still even though all the cutters may be available in metric, or some may be, the shafts will still be 1/4 and 1/2 and not 6mm and 12mm. NGM
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I have to take credit for boring forum members over the last few years with my constant rants about the the metric system. One member, actually a moderator we all know as Mike, took me seriously and has been lobbying manufacturers and retailers to start producing things like router bits and template guides in metric. So really Mike should take the credit for the current successes.
Yes Peter, they are on the pricey side but quality exudes from them!

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Now I get to tell everyone some good news; metric bits ranging in sizes from 2-20 mm are now available in the US. Metric guide bushings ranging in sizes from 10 - 33(in 1 mm steps) and 40 mm are available as well. More on this under Forum News.

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Okay why metric? The only metric I have had to deal with are nuts and bolts and they don't hold any better than standard size ones. I have yet to run across anything in woodworking that required measuring less than 1/32" of an inch. I suppose in science it would be useful but until I start building oak rocket ships I'll stick with what has worked since colonial times. Just mho.
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Art, there are many discussions on the forums about using metric bits and guide bushings. The short and simple answer is this: easier math and more possible combinations.

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I found out the hard way that some of the crap coming out of China is already metric, even though it says imperial. I used a PC set of forstner bits and found out they are Metric equivalents. None of my quarter inch shelf pegs would work in the 1/4" holes that were drilled. Just saying.....Now I use 5mm pegs and buy 5mm drill bits.

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