In that case change your favourite graphics program - get CorelDRAW! - even an older than current version - say 11 - (I'm using X5) will be so much better than any Serif product.However, although I am perfectly happy in both systems, I grind my teeth when I use my favourite graphics program, Serif DrawPlus. This lets you choose either imperial measurements or metric for your drawings. But when you choose the metric scale, you find the sub-divisions are halves, quarters and eighths! Ye Gods!
Only if you decide to declare it in °F - you could say it is -273.15°C or be totally accurate and say 0 Kelvin - note that is Zero Kelvin NOT zero degrees !! if you must put a degree symbol then you could also use Rankine but then you would be using the Fahenheit increments.That article on slowing down the speed of light, – – – don’t get me started, absolute zero was in Fahrenheit, haha.
And that's exactly what happens when you mix measurements! (sorry Andy, - couldn't resist!)That point has come up quite a few times. IMO the more you can liberate yourself from numerical measuring of bits of wood, the better the work proceeds. Sometimes it is of course handy to have a number e.g. if for some reason you can't use one piece of wood to mark another and then, as you point out, the System used doesn't matter.
I think that measured plans should only be taken as rough guides e.g. if something is specified at 125 x 63 x 67 mm (unlikely but it could reflect the writer measuring what he has ended up with), then it makes sense to be able to say, "OK, roughly 4 foot by 2 foot by 2 foot". Then you might want to measure your first rough cut of the pieces to 4' 1" but really after the cut to precise length (whatever you may finally settle on e.g. to fit a space) the rest of the measuring is probably a matter for dividers as you are going to be looking for proportionally harmonic bits of wood e.g. 1/2, 1/8, 1/16 of the inital roughly 4' length.
It makes perfect sense if you're in the renovation game. If you had to renew the sheathing on a wall with 16" centres a 1200mm board isn't going to do it! Metrication didn't undo historyIt has always amused me that metric timber and sheet sizes seem to be exactly converted from the old Imperial equivalent (2440 x 1220 being 8’ x 4’ etc).
Not here (Finland) at least. A common size is 2500 x 1250.It has always amused me that metric timber and sheet sizes seem to be exactly converted from the old Imperial equivalent (2440 x 1220 being 8’ x 4’ etc).
Does this apply in Europe too where the Imperial conversion has no logic?
it doesn't matter at all unless you're dealing with parts already made and matching them.It's dawned on me that some tools I have are metric and some imperial. Now I don't particularly see an issue with it, given that the conversions by 16ths are a maximum of less than 0.5mm out either way and the average is about 0.25mm
Given the only time that these seemingly come into play for accuracy purposes is for chisels and some specialist planes because their blades are imperial, does it actually matter that much or do most people pick one or the other for their tools and stick to it?
I was under the impression, probably totally wrong, that they were for making ping-pong tables from!I remember being told decades ago that 10' x 5' sheets of ply were available on order in this Country. I never saw one, though.
Flooring sheets and ceiling sheets in different systems (one in one and one in the other) were a nightmare.
Our present house - Victorian with ‘60s renovations (more like butchery) - seems to have been worked on without the aid of a tape measure, metric or otherwise.It makes perfect sense if you're in the renovation game. If you had to renew the sheathing on a wall with 16" centres a 1200mm board isn't going to do it! Metrication didn't undo history
Ahhhh ............... your house has been Bucknelled.Our present house - Victorian with ‘60s renovations (more like butchery) - seems to have been worked on without the aid of a tape measure, metric or otherwise.
And on the older timber frame places I’ve done sheet sizes were the least of my problems
But glad to learn that Europeans don’t follow our weird Metriperial system.
Oh yes I remember Barry Hardboard on tv from my youth. The butchery on our place was largely hidden under chipboard floors (how I hate those!) where joists had been attacked by plumbers and electricians seemingly working with hatchets and chainsaws. And had anyone invented the spirit level in the ‘60s!?Ahhhh ............... your house has been Bucknelled.