Try this picture - a 55 yr old cabinetmaker with almost 40 yrs experience goes to measure a wall in an office for a set of fitted cabinets and bookshelves. He uses a pair of sliding battens to measure the width of the space from wall to wall - top & bottom. When transferring the width of the opening from battens to notepad, he sets his the 10" mark of his tape on the end of the piece - for greater accuracy.
Originally Posted by Chris Mire
5 weeks or so later he returns with another cabinetmaker to install the ensemble. Yup, 10" too wide for the opening.
It practically shattered him. He never trusted himself to measure up a another job. As far as I know, he never worked outside of the shop again.
If "measure twice - cut once" is the rule for cutting a board, then "measure umpty-five times and build once" should be the rule for built-ins.
No pressure, though, eh
All the best,
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