I've been working in various shops for years and I often run across unlabeled shelves of material that have different thicknesses. What's a shop rat to do?

This simple measuring tool fits in your pocket or a tool drawer and circumvents using the measuring tape, which is less accurate and more work for quickly determining the depth of a piece of wood in the scrap bin.

Step 1: Open up Illustrator and make a Rounded Rectangle

If you have another vector-editing program other than Illustrator, you can replicate these steps in your program of choice.

Use the Rounded Rectangle tool, make a 3" x 2" rectangle. Set the stroke width to .001 for laser-cutting (or whatever your laser-cutter requires for vectors). A 3-inch by 2-inch piece piece of acrylic comfortably fits in your pocket.
<p>If you don't have a laser cutter, you could always order the part through Ponoko or a similar laser cutting service.</p>
<p style="margin-left: 20.0px;">What can you tell us about a laser cutter? Don't have one in my shop.</p><p style="margin-left: 20.0px;"> </p><p style="margin-left: 20.0px;">Thanks.</p>
<p>I'm not sure how to best set them up, but they do require a venting system. It opens up a lot of possibilities for fabrication &mdash; they're pretty amazing.</p>
sweet! I wish I had a laser cutter to make one

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Bio: Scott Kildall is an artist who indulges in network performances and creative coding. He currently is an artist-in-residence at Autodesk.
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