Out of the Woodwork: Farewell Fractions – Hello Bob

A new unit of measure attempts to trump the troublesome imperial and metric systems.
By Robert Dunstan
Page: 96

From the June 2005 issue #148
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For as long as I can remember, the woodworking community has been divided between metric people and imperial (feet and inches) people. Each is willing to argue their cause until blue in the face but unable to persuade the other. I know why – I grew up in Britain during the transition from the imperial system to the metric system and used both systems in my workshop to the extent I can categorically claim neither is suited to the type of measurement and calculation woodworkers and other craftspeople use day in and day out.

I propose an elegant solution in the form of a new unit of measure I call the “bob.” Twenty-four bobs comprise the inch just as 12″ comprise the foot. The bob allows the integration of all that is good in the metric system into our familiar imperial system and should please adherents of both.

From the June 2005 issue #148
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