Well, I discovered something interesting about PVC pipes. They AREN'T all exactly 10'. Most were, but some others were exactly 10' 1/4". Not 10' 1/8", or anything else. Just one or the other. That's weird.
So I separated them by length today. I have 13 lengths that I need to cut exactly to 5" (for 26 5' pieces). I need 6 lengths to cut to 7'. So the ones that are too long get cut to 7'. That leaves me 3 "too long" pieces I'll have to trim a 1/4" off, but that's not too bad.
These are the exact 10' lengths:
(Picture would be inserted here if it were possible. Imagine a nice row of identical lengths of PVC pipes). GRRR!
I'm just glad I checked them before doing the cutting.
These are the longer ones. No, they aren't THAT longer. I just didn't line them up against the wall for this picture.
(Picture lengths of identical 1/4" too long PVC pipes than the one benchmark exact 10" length). GRRR!
I sure hope blogspot.com fixes this problem soon! Not being able to show pictures is VERY frustrating...
I made a sort of jig today.
I used my 2 Workmate benches to hold the 10' pipes. I clamped a board across them to make the outside edges exactly 5' and locked the benches together so they can't "drift" apart while the saw rattles them. That way, I can use the benches to measure 5 exactly'. Cool! It works like a stop block.
The distance from the far edges is exactly 5" so I can mark the pipes to cut them. And they are clamped together by a board so they can't change the distance.
I love setting things up to help in the production... That in itself is half the fun of making things.