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Center Pin Cutting Jig
In AW (vol 24, no 2), John Giem wrote a very interesting article titled, “Transform Your Tape Measure.” I decided I would like to make something similar, but I thought preparing the pins was somewhat fiddly and potentially dangerous if done on a bandsaw. I have developed a simple jig, a minimiter box, to prepare the needed pins. The fixture is made from a length of ¾" (19mm) hardwood and a couple of pieces of ⅛" (3mm) birch plywood.
I keep .375" (10mm) dowel stock on hand for several projects so I decided to make my pins from .375" (10mm) stock rather than the .25" (6mm) dowel used in the article.
On one end of the hardwood, I drilled a .375" (10mm) hole, .125" (3mm) deep, which is the same depth hole made in the sides of the tape measure. I placed a stop at the end of the box and sawed a slot the correct length of the pin on the side of the box. I can simply cut the pin using a razor saw.
~ John Tarpley, Gatlinburg, TN