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    Making new tools is good exercise for creativity skills. Improvising tools from available materials can be equally educational - and entertaining as well.

    My wife has a cake transporter - effectively a large plastic dome-like shape that attaches, via clamps, to a tray that serves as the base for the cake. She wanted to know how tall a cake she could carry in it.

    After some mental design work with combinations of yard sticks and tape measures I hit on a much simpler method. I stuck a telescoping pocket magnet to a steel disk and set this upright on the transporter base with it extended to a length greater than the height of the cover. Then it was simply a matter of putting the cover on the transporter, thus compacting the magnet. Remove magnet and measure comfortably with a ruler.

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    clavius (Oct 13, 2021), Philip Davies (Oct 14, 2021), schuylergrace (Oct 13, 2021)

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    Well, that's thinkin' with your telescoping pocket magnet! Now, we know why she married you!

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    Thanks mklotz! We've added your Cake Transporter Height Gauge to our Measuring and Marking category,
    as well as to your builder page: mklotz's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:






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