LEGO Ruler and Sorting Tool
This article is the second in the series about buying and selling used Lego.
I don’t know about you, but I can easily distinguish a 1×2 from a 1×3 at a glance, but I can’t tell the size of larger parts without counting the studs. Technic axles are even harder to tell apart at a glance since they don’t have visible studs. When I started sorting through my craigslist collection, I looked online to find a printable guide to help sort the various lengths of Technic Beams and Axles. I found a simple tool which I used for a while, but knew I could make something better.
Figuring that I could improve on the design, I have created the following printable tool to help you sort your Lego bricks. It has been enhanced to show Technics angled pieces, the basic dimensions of a Lego brick, and includes two rulers along the edges of the paper.
To measure a plate, align it with the lower-left corner to see its width and height. To measure the height of a part, use the ruler on the right edge of the printout.
Directions to make your own Lego sorting tool and ruler:
- Download my Lego sorting tool and ruler (version 1.1)
- Make sure to print it at “100%” scaling factor. I designed it to fit on both an 8.5×11 inch (US) and European A4 Paper.
- If you have access to a laminating machine, laminate the page to make it more rigid and durable. If not, try to print it on thick paper or cardstock.