Forest Ranch, CA, US
These look great.
I agree with cahudson42; the change to metric is easy once you commit to it. Essentially all of my measuring tools from tapes to digital micrometers read both scales, but I rarely have to resort to the Imperial scale. I find that if I design in metric then all of these types of gyrations that Tim Celeski is writing about become superfluous. Start metric and stay metric. When you mill your stock, don't shoot for 3/4", but 19mm or instead of an inch make it 25mm and move on. No, these are not exact conversions, but visually they are close enough to being the same thing that it will not materially affect most designs.
The math with the metric system is just soooo much easier! If you have to divide a board that is 19 3/8" into, say, thirds it's a bit of a strain (for me anyway), but the same board is 492mm long and now it's easy.
Also, since the mm marks are closer together than the 1/16" marks on a rule I find the metric system to be inherently more accurate.
What are the chances the FWW will move to the metric system? I'd like it if they do, but I doubt that it will happen anytime soon. Still, I support the concept.
I use the Wixey and find that it gets me pretty darn close. I use a machinist square if it has to be perfect, but most times I can set up digitally and then when I check with the square I don't have to make any further adjustments. I also have a digital scale on my table saw to measure the fence to blade distance. It's great as it reads both American (nee Imperial) units as well as metric. It also works like a digital caliper so that you can move the fence a precise amount from any position; you set up for the first cut, zero the unit and then you can move the fence exactly 13mm or 1/2" or whatever without doing any arithmetic.
Now that smartphones have level apps (I use Xclinometer) I find that I can also check angles and level in the field easily as well. It doesn't work as good as the Wixey as there are no magnets and the long edge of the phone has buttons that can upset things, but even using the short ends it is still quite useful and pretty accurate.
Looks to be excellent.
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