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I found plans for Inside Measuring Sticks in the book "The Woodworkers Guide to Making and Using Jigs, Fixtures and Setups", Rodale Press. The first one I built is shown in the attached picture. The plans called for two brass keepers, 3/4 " x 3-3/4" made from 12 gauge (roughly 0.010" thick) brass shim stock. I was able to get a sheet of brass that was 0.01 x 6 x 12 " from Ace Hardware. I was not happy with the 3-3/4" cut using aviation snips. My next try was a utility knife and straight edge. The utility knife results were better than the Aviation snips results but I was still not pleased with the results. Since I have consumed a lot of time "cleaning up" the utility knife results, starting with a 3/4" wide roll of brass shim stock would have yielded much better results. So far I am unable to find 3/4" wide brass shim stock. Is anyone aware of a source?

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You should be able to cut brass on a table saw with zero clearance insert. Got an old melamine blade to try it with? I would think that the shear is stretching the edge when it cuts.

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I don't see any reason it would "have" to be brass. I've got some steel strips, probably around 1" wide, around here somewhere, along with some aluminum about the same width. Easy to bend either to the desired shape, might take a hammer to do it, but it wouldn't be rocket science. For that matter, you could even use wood/plywood, which is what I would likely use. I just now even thought of a way to use plastic.

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https://www.mcmaster.com/metals/copp...-and-strips-8/

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You should be able to cut brass on a table saw with zero clearance insert. Got an old melamine blade to try it with? I would think that the shear is stretching the edge when it cuts.
Thanks. With a 10 mil thickness, the brass sheet should probably be sandwiched between two layers of wood. With my SawStop, I am hesitant to circumvent the safety circuitry and leave metal filing on the saw.


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I don't see any reason it would "have" to be brass.
Thanks. With my "pride in craftsmanship", I want to stick with brass.

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Thanks. I had looked at McMaster and somehow overlooked the "strips". It is worth a try even though the 16 mil thickness is thicker than desired.
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That thin a stock, I would sandwich it and use a hacksaw...works like a champ. You could sandwich the whole 6x12 and use your bandsaw and make a bunch of strips...or sandwich it and use your miter saw...even a sawzall, pull saw, scroll saw, etc...

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If you go to that Mc Master page that Doug posted

https://www.mcmaster.com/metals/copp...-and-strips-8/

and use the selection guide on the left side of the page, you can easily select the width, length, and thickness, although you won't find the exact 0.010 thickness. It will be a little thicker than that, but once you have entered the requirements, it will give you the part number, price, etc. I came up with a piece 3/4 X 12" long for $1.75 . I doubt you will find a better deal.

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Thanks. With my "pride in craftsmanship", I want to stick with brass.
In my shop, for my use, anything that works will be used.

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When I make tools I use precut width strips ,it saves a lot of hassle and time. Then cut them to length on a miter box I make to fit the strips, with a fine tooth saw.
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In my shop, for my use, anything that works will be used.
I did not intend to diss you on "using whatever works". My objective was to two fold: make a useful tool that works and second, make the tool look like something a skilled craftsman (which I don't claim to be) would have made a century ago. There was no right/wrong way implied in my response to your suggestion.
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