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I was planning to make a set of wooded calipers/height gauge following Ed Tosti's design.  However, I was at a local tool store that had metal squares on sale for $6 and I got the idea to use two of these to make the calipers. The result is shown in the attached pictures.  Very solid, perfectly square (after a little tweaking), it has a built-in ruler, and I got an second ruler out of it.   

While I did file a sharp point to the end of the caliper, the metal is pretty soft (aluminum or zinc).  If I need to do serious scribing, I'll attach a small knife.




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Great idea, especially as some of these types of tools/measurement devices are becoming so cheap.





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Nice Idea Bruce.



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