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I read a old finehomebuilding mag that had a article about using a stick to transfer measurements to piece if cardboard and then you transfer that to your work piece.

The example was a bow window . Does this really work? Of course I can't find the mag and would like to try it out next week. I think the author said boat builders used it when building wood boats.

The name may be wrong to. Going off what I remember.
 

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Yeah can't accidentally read your marks an inch short or whatever. Woodworkers use it a lot. Prevents measuring errors and having to pull your tape out for every cut. Also makes things more precise, less chance of being slightly off the mark on identical measurements.
 
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Glad you brought this up, I was thinking about that same article a while back trying to remember what it was called and how it's done...
 

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I always wanted to try it. And of all of the construction books I got this is the only reference I ever seen of this method. I will be sure to get picks and report back how this method worked out.

I thought of using lath and hot glueing the pieces together like the solid surface installers do. But this method of the story pole elinates the need for the glue gun.
 

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Ticking is NOT the same thing as a storypole. Storypoles are used to layout linear diamentions and ticking is used to transfer irregular diamentions to a piece of material to be cut to fit.
I realized that after he posted that article, we use story poles for siding, and elevations.
 

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I always wanted to try it. And of all of the construction books I got this is the only reference I ever seen of this method. I will be sure to get picks and report back how this method worked out.

I thought of using lath and hot glueing the pieces together like the solid surface installers do. But this method of the story pole elinates the need for the glue gun.
I think the tic stick works well for doing something like fitting doors to an opening in old buildings. It's slower than taking cardboard or building paper and just taping together a template on a floor.

Accurate marking and alignment is fairly critical.
 

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Tick sticking is definitely not the same as a story pole.

I have done it a bunch of times, usually when installing a continuous countertop into an existing bay window or some other unusually shaped area.

Very simple to do and works everytime
 
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