Originally Posted by aniceone2hold
... Now that most everything is manufactured elsewhere the standards will change more rapidly. The last things to change will be items still manufactured here, such as housing and woodworking supplies. But it is coming.
Just for kicks, I grabbed a few pieces of scrap plywood and measured them three different ways...
1. Digital Micrometer in mm (mils)
2. Digital Micrometer in Inches
3. Ruler (Inches)
Here are the results...
mm . . . . Inches Dec. . . Ruler Inches (by Eye)
15 . . . . . ..592" . . . . . 5/8
17 . . . . . ..682" . . . . . 11/16
18.5 . . . . . .73" . . . . . 3/4
15 . . . . . . .6" . . . . . .5/8
18.4 . . . . . .722" . . . . .23/32
I guess none of it was made in the USA... (??)
Perhaps the Woodworking area should be attacked a little more aggressively to convert?
I think that it would simplify it for everyone... Those not interested (like the end user) probably don't care and would be happy in an approximate measurement in Inches.
To me, it would make Plans much easier to draw, study, and use.
I find that most of my recent rulers have both inches & CM (mils) on them, which is nice and subtly asking us "why not convert?".
Tape measures can be had various ways...
In the woodworking field, the change would be simple, IMHO.
Let's see... the first thing we would have to do is change things around a little like:
1" . = 25mm
3/4" = 19mm
5/8" = 16mm
1/2" = 12.5mm
3/8" = 9.4mm
1/4" = 6.3mm
1/8" = 3.1mm
Having a digital micrometer makes it easier... set it to the Inch Decimal, push a button to read MM and be done with it! (that's the way I derived at the figures above)
Just think... No more fractions to decipher or convert to decimal, etc.!!
Work with Only ONE simple number... period... no hassles... no messes... no drips, runs, or errors!
Yes, it would take awhile to get into the new groove... but when done, over time, it would be so much easier and less frustrating... Yes?!