George Vondriska

Easily Add Fractions for Woodworking Projects

George Vondriska
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Adding fractions can be frustrating, but it’s a necessary evil in woodworking (At least until we change to the metric system). Here’s a really fast and easy way to add fractional measurements, without even doing any math. All it takes are a couple of rulers. Use them the right way, and you can direct read the answer. Easy peezy.

If you wanna go electronic…

This system works really well, but I get it if you’d rather just grab a calculator and do the math there. If that’s the case, you can’t go wrong with the Home Project Calculator from Calculated Industries. It allows you to punch in feet, inches, fractions…just the way you’d use them in your shop. Add ‘em, subtract ‘em, multiply or divide. It’s a very handy thing to have in your shop and will most likely save you from making mistakes.

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3 Responses to “Easily Add Fractions for Woodworking Projects”

  1. my10sense

    Wow! You've rediscovered the slide rule! (Seriously, it was a great idea then, and it's a great idea now. Maybe some one could print up a paper dial rule like the circular slide rules of the past to turn this method into something more convenient.)

  2. juan jose gomez meunier

    Why not go to metric system, is like money you do not need two wallets, only one serves. so I think is more practical to use the metric system, and remember Canadians and British use the metric system, as almost every one else in the world. Thanks.

  3. Robert Gearon

    I was doing this 45 years ago in high school shop classes. Neat thing about woodworking measuring mistakes. You can change the blueprint before turning in the finished project. Shh I did this and got an a+ hey it was mine anyway and I still have it today.

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