Handy, accurate and loaded with features. That's Woodpeckers latest OneTime Tool, the Paolini Pocket Rule.
If you spend much time in your shop, you quickly realize that a ruler is handiest if it's at your fingertips. For lumber, it might be a tape measure hooked to your belt, for marking joinery and setting up tools, it might be the ruler slipped in your apron pocket.
Woodpeckers new Paolini Pocket Rules take this must have tool to the next level. It features an easier to handle 1/8" thick blade, a high contrast engraved scale, a vertical scale on the end for setting up tools and a sliding rule stop which doubles as a ruler stand. All of that and now also available in 6, 8 and 12 lengths engraved with inch or combination inch/metric scales.
The extra thick aluminum blade is easy to grasp and pickup plus is less likely than a steel rule to damage a blade or bit during set up.
The sliding rule stop and pencil notch make for a handy T-rule. Simply slide the stop to your desired scale marking, lock it in place and with the pencil tip nestled in the notch, you're ready to mark mortises, tenons, rabbets and many other joints.
And if that isn't enough, imagine being able to set your saw blade and bit height without the ruler falling over. The rule stop doubles as a stand to keep the ruler solidly on edge leaving both of your hands free to make tool adjustments.
If that sounds handy to you, consider the indispensable Paolini Pocket Rule (PPR) from Woodpeckers.
If you're a giant, routinely wear a holster around your shop or just want a ruler styled like the PPR but sized for your work bench, you're in luck. Woodpeckers Bench Rule is a supersized Paolini Pocket Rule available in 18, 24 and 48 lengths. It won't fit in your apron but it definitely will find a home on your bench. It's 3/16 thick and 1-3/4 wide and feels rock solid in use. Like the PPR, it comes with a stop that doubles as a stand and two nylon-tipped stainless steel knobs.
The Paolini Pocket Rules and Woodpeckers Bench Rules are part of our OneTime Tool program and are only made to order. The last day to order one is Monday March 18, 2013. Delivery is tentatively scheduled for some time in June. However the actual ship date will depend on volume. As always, we will not charge you until the order is ready to ship (except Paypal orders). Made in our shop just outside of Cleveland, Ohio.
INCH/SIDE 1: 1/16 along top edge, 1/32 along bottom edge, 1/16 along vertical edge.
INCH/SIDE 2: 1/32 along top edge, 1/16 along bottom edge, 1/32 along vertical edge.
COMBO INCH/METRIC SIDE 1: 1mm along top edge, 1/16 along bottom edge, 1mm along vertical edge.
COMBO INCH/METRIC SIDE 2: 1/16 along top edge, 1mm along bottom edge, 1/16 along vertical edge.
Slips right into most apron pencil pockets.
End notch fits the tip of your pencil for accurate scribing.
Adjustable rule stop makes for precise repetitive marks.
Rule stop doubles as a ruler stand.
Vertical scale on end of ruler is just the ticket for setting cutter height.
In case you're wondering where the name came from, Gregory Paolini is a woodworking author, custom cabinet and furniture maker and quite an accomplished teacher. A small group of Woodpeckers employees spent a week at his school in Ashville, NC recently. It was there that we not only learned some new skills in the process of building a craftsman style table but also the benefits of a good pocket rule.
It didn't take long for Gregory to elaborate on how useful this tool is but how much better it could be with just a few tweaks. In particular he thought it should be thicker and wider. Thicker so it would stand upright on its own and wider to make room for a longer vertical scale.
So we listened to his comments and came up with a different style of pocket rule featuring the improvements Gregory suggested. We also added the rule stop for even more usefulness. If you're interested in more about Gregory Paolini, here's a link to his web site. http://www.gregorypaolini.com/