It’s been busy for me getting ready for the holidays, but I did have one little tip when your practicing the future of making things.
I found myself needing to double check a hole size. All I needed to do was to check to see if I #6, or a #8 screw would fit in a hole in a simple bracket.
Normally, I would check it with calipers. I’m used to being able to do that. I almost always have them available. Almost…
|Dial Calipers, similar to my set. These are perfect for measuring small holes,
but not when you don’t have them with you!
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But today, I didn’t have calipers my calipers. They were at home, and I wasn’t. So what to do?
I realized what I did have, was a full drill index (fractional, letter, and number drills!). In other words, a full set of improvised hole gages!
|My set of hole gages! They can also be used to drill holes!|
I just placed a few drills in the hole I was checking until I got one that told me what I needed to know. The hole was too small for a #8 screw. I had to get some #6 screws to do the job.
|It’s not a perfect fit, but it’s enough to tell me only a #6 screw will fit.
A #8 is too big.
So as your working in your own shop, remember that while you may not have the perfect tool for the job, with a little improvisation, you may have a perfectly acceptable substitute!