THE BEST Rulers

Incra Bend Rules

Incra Bend Rules

If you work with wood, you know how even a single inaccurate cut can ripple through your entire project. Incremental Tools precision metal rulers ensure you have the same measurements on the top and side of materials, thanks to their 90º bend and micro-fine marking holes. Available in 6″, 12″, and 18″ lengths.

New 30° Ruler

New 30° Ruler

This wing-shaped aluminum ruler incorporates a variety of small refinements that make it more useful than most. It’s got English and Metric sides, large whole numbers, clearly-labeled fraction and millimeter tick marks, and won’t scratch up if you cut with it. Available in 6″/15cm, 8″/20cm, and 12″/30cm lengths.

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Rollova 2.0 Rolling Ruler

Rollova 2.0 Rolling Ruler

This digital measuring gadget calculates distances as you roll it across a surface. It can measure straight lines and curves with precision, and displays its measurements in inches (decimal or fraction), or centimeters on its bright blue OLED display. Available in stainless steel or a black and gold designer edition.

LEGO Buildable Ruler

LEGO Buildable Ruler

In the world of LEGO, you can’t just buy stuff that’s already made, right? It’s not official unless you snap some pieces together, like this 12″ ruler that’s made up from official LEGO plates and bricks. After you assemble it, you can measure stuff, or just snap more bricks on top.

phi-Ruler

phi-Ruler

Designed by philosophy professor Foad Dizadji-Bahmani, the phi-Ruler is an elegant and modern work of functional art. Crafted from 1mm thick solid brass, it has 1″ and 1cm spaced holes in its center for drawing perpendicular lines, arcs, circles, and marks for drawing Golden Rectangles.

How a Tape Measure Works

How a Tape Measure Works

When you think about it, it’s pretty impressive how a tape measure can neatly coil up 15 or more feet of metal into a case you can clip onto your belt loop. Science Channel’s Machines: How They Work dissects the modern tape measure to show us its inner workings.

Amenitee Angular Ruler

Amenitee Angular Ruler

Amenitee’s aluminum ruler is designed to make it easy to measure and mark unusual layouts. With its locking bolts, you can mark the position of angles and repeating patterns, making templates for complicated placements such as matching holes for pipes in cabinets and walls. Available in six-sided and 12-sided versions.

MyAntenna KIWI P1s Laser Measure

MyAntenna KIWI P1s Laser Measure

This useful pocket-size gadget uses a laser to accurately measure distances up to 130 feet away. It can automatically do the math to calculate distance, area, volume, horizon, and more. The included right-angle mirror makes measuring table heights a snap, and its built-in 6-axis sensor allows it to measure angles too.

Inchworm and Centipede Rulers

Inchworm and Centipede Rulers

Machined from bead-blasted 6Al-4V titanium, TEC Accessories‘ keychain ruler is perfect for taking measurements of small objects, or checking tread depth on your tires. The 3.46″ long Inchworm has markers every 1/8″, while the 88mm long Centipede has indentations every 2mm.

MagCon Drawing Tools

MagCon Drawing Tools

These smartly-designed tools make it easy to crank out straight lines, circles, grids, and other smooth and consistent drawings. The complete set consists of a straightedge and a curved arm, and a swiveling base. Available in aluminum or stainless steel.

Transparent Measuring Stickers

Transparent Measuring Stickers

Toss together quick project sketches with these transparent sticky sheets which hold in place when you need them to. They won’t leave a residue or damage your drawings either. Each pack comes with 30 each of square, protractor, and ruler designs.

Rollbe Click Ruler

Rollbe Click Ruler

The latest version of the Rollbe circular ruler now makes a click sound for every full rotation, making it easier to tally measurements. It also now comes in black, with the units laser-engraved for easier reading. It’s still available in 4″/10cm or 8″/20cm.

Rollbe Rolling Ruler

Rollbe Rolling Ruler

A tiny circular ruler. Rollbe is perfect for taking short measurements, whether straight or curved. It’s available in two sizes: 4″/10cm and 8″/20cm. It would’ve been neat if it made a sound or had a larger knurl to indicate a full rotation.

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Scale Master Pro Digital Measure

Scale Master Pro Digital Measure

Ever needed to build something or estimate materials off of a set of blueprints? This useful measuring tool lets you quickly get accurate linear, area, and volume calculations by rolling it across prints, even if their scale has been thrown off via copying or faxing.

Leather Ruler Wrist Strap

Leather Ruler Wrist Strap

You never know when you need to measure something. Nick Mankey Designs created this handy leather wrist strap, which can be worn solo, or as a watch strap. It includes both metric and imperial measurements up to 9.6″ long. Available in sizes from 18 to 24mm wide.

HMM Rule/One Pen

HMM Rule/One Pen

A smartly designed writing instrument that combines a pen with a straightedge and ruler. It has three interchangeable heads, including a ballpoint, a touchscreen stylus, and a lanyard loop. Made from sturdy milled aluminum. Available for a limited time from Massdrop.

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