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  • My First Folding Rule

    Here's something BadgerDave will appreciate. While cleaning out the garage I came across this, my first folding rule when I started my apprenticeship in 1977.

    It's a Lufkin 966 inside reading rule. I still use these rules. I like them over other styles because when you open the rule up it lays flat. Also with the most used portion of the rule (the first few feet) being on the inside when folded up it stays clean and the markings do not wear away. As you can see in the photos the last 6 inches is pretty well beat up, but the start of the rule is still bright and clean and clear to read. All except the last section of the rule is in good shape. This one is dead and I only have it because it was my first. The joints are worn and loose so it is no longer accurate.

    I think about a year ago I mentioned I would post a photo of it if I came across it, so here it is.

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    Last edited by Bob D.; 04-12-2021, 09:40 PM.
    "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" ? Bob D. 2006
    "?ǝɹɐ sɹǝƃuıɟ ɹnoʎ ǝɹǝɥʍ ʍouʞ noʎ op `ʍɐs ǝlqɐʇ ɐ s,ʇı"

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  • #2
    That's respect !

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    • #3
      You're right Bob, I do appreciate that. In my time working at a PH&C supply house we must have sold many many thousands of the 966's to our tradesmen customers. I don't know if they still are but they used to be the go to rule around here.
      The Leading Cause Of Injury In Older Men Is Them Thinking They Are Still Young Men.

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      • #4
        Here's a couple more old rules. I don't use these but they live in my toolbox with all my layout tools. Which is to say a bunch of old Starrett, Union, and Brown & Sharpe squares and dividers of various types, plus a micrometer and a couple calipers. It's all in good shape and perfectly useable and accurate, just older versions that I picked up and saved a bundle over new.

        I got the Lufkin 2 foot folding rules at a flea market, I think they were $4 each. Don't know what they are worth but they were worth $4 each to me when I bought them. :-) The old Stanley wood and brass pocket caliper I'm not sure where I picked that up or when, but it was at least 20 years ago as I know I had it before we moved into our current home.

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        "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" ? Bob D. 2006
        "?ǝɹɐ sɹǝƃuıɟ ɹnoʎ ǝɹǝɥʍ ʍouʞ noʎ op `ʍɐs ǝlqɐʇ ɐ s,ʇı"

        https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

        https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1p...qcZKHyrqKhikFA

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        • #5
          Very cool. I like the white ones when using a laser level. I use a "traditional" red end sliding extension wooden rule quite often. Our local Ace Hardware has changed hands and had a huge clearance sale. I bought 2 red end rules for $6 each and 2 white ones for $5 each. You can never have too many.

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