How to Use Dividers
Divide and conquer distances with speed and precision
Dividers may not get a lot of attention, but these simple little tools bring a lot to the table. For layout, stepping off distances, and comparing gaps and openings, they save time and increase accuracy, and that’s a combination that can’t be beat.
Dividers are easy to adjust, so you won’t be wasting time with scratch paper and a calculator, or squinting to count off tiny increments on a rule. And here’s the best part: you can pick up a pair at any flea market for just a few bucks.
Here I’ll show you the most common ways I use dividers. Once you’ve mastered these jobs, I’m sure you’ll think of more ways to use them in your own work.
What types, sizes to buy
The two main types of dividers are spring dividers and wing dividers. Spring dividers have a C-shaped…