Slant-Ruler Board Divider

Want to divide a board or sheet of plywood perfectly in half, thirds or any other equal fractions? Heres a great old tip thats worth revisiting.

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Want to divide a board or sheet of plywood perfectly in half, thirds or any other equal fractions? Heres a great old tip thats worth revisiting. To halve the board, line up the end of a ruler or tape measure on one side, slant the tape to read 8 in. on the right edge and make your mark at 4 in. To divide it into thirds, slant the ruler to read 9 in. and mark the board at 3 and 6 in. The key is to select a measurement thats easily divisible by the number of spaces you want. For example, if you want to cut a sheet of plywood into six sections, use the 60-in. mark on your tape measure. Measure at a 90-degree angle from one side to each mark to get the real numbers to transfer them wherever you need them. Thanks to John Vitka for this time-saving tip.

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