Picture of Lasercut Measuring Tool
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

Picture of 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.
Jobar0071 year ago

If you don't have a laser cutter, you could always order the part through Ponoko or a similar laser cutting service.

Bill WW1 year ago

What can you tell us about a laser cutter? Don't have one in my shop.


scottkildall (author)  Bill WW1 year ago

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 — they're pretty amazing.

sweet! I wish I had a laser cutter to make one