Welcome to September's Tool of the Month blog post, this month it's the tape measure!
The tape measure has got to be one of the most common and vital tools for woodworking!
Todays tape measures can trace their heritage back to 1868 when A. J. Fellows filed a patent for his rather a crude sprung tape measure design. It wasn't until the 1920's that they became mass produced.
I have been using Stanley tapes for years, they are generally pretty consistent and of good quality. Plus being bright yellow they are also easy to spot in the workshop!
One thing worth taking into account when working to precise measurements and owning several tapes, is to only use one tape measure for each project. This avoids any tape to tape inconsistencies as it's so easy for the end of the tape to get knocked thus throwing the measurements off by a fraction of a millimeter.
Thats it for September! Keep an eye out for Octobers Tool of the Month.
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