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Must-Have Marking & Measuring Tools

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Basic Tools

Your shop may be filled with the finest cutting and shaping tools money can buy, but if you don't measure and mark precisely, your project parts will fit like a cheap suit. Perhaps that's why woodworking catalogs offer page after page of products promising to make you a more accurate woodworker. To help you sort it all out, here are the marking and measuring tools we find essential, plus some that are just darned useful. (Sources for tools not specifically sourced will be shown on last slide.)

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jeremyjjbrown wrote:

No Dial Calipers? These are the best for plaining, dados and rabbits. You can even use the end extension and a depth gauge for the tablesaw and routertable. Get the dial type because the batteries never run out

7/20/2014 10:52:40 PM Report Abuse
jeremyjjbrown wrote:

No Dial Calipers? These are the best for plaining, dados and rabbits. You can even use the end extension and a depth gauge for the tablesaw and routertable. Get the dial type because the batteries never run out

7/20/2014 10:52:02 PM Report Abuse
tchekouras wrote:

I'm really surprised that saddle squares weren't included in the list. I use mine constantly. http://www.leevalley.com/us/home/Search.aspx?action=n

4/12/2013 07:15:27 AM Report Abuse
rrsqui68319 wrote:

grandpa. Lowes carries the Lufkin folding rule with the brass extension for inside measurements for approx. $15.00.

1/19/2011 09:54:18 PM Report Abuse
charlouprojects wrote:

I would like to buy the rule on pg 3 of the March issue.

1/18/2011 12:25:53 PM Report Abuse
charlouprojects wrote:

I want to find out how much and how to order the rule on page 3 of the March 2011 issue. I don't want to order it on line but can you respond on line with the info? Thanks, Louise Gannon

1/18/2011 12:23:00 PM Report Abuse
yvestech1567686 wrote:

My best measuring tools are always tested before measuring for accuracy of the degrees or the length for the measurement I cover. I have Mutitoyo standards for the occasion.

4/16/2010 08:05:05 AM Report Abuse
tod.jervey wrote:

Grandpa: I bought a Lufkin at Sears with one brass insert about a month ago.

3/26/2010 07:50:48 PM Report Abuse
grandpa1791265 wrote:

Where do I find the folding rule with pull out on it My father had one for years but its long gone

2/26/2010 09:27:39 AM Report Abuse
The Unstopppable Drew wrote:

My most used measuring tool is a 4" precision double square from Lee Valley. I use it to set bit & blade heights, mark & measure things, check thickness while planing & more.

2/25/2010 02:02:15 PM Report Abuse
philfaden wrote:

The tools in the photo are exactly what every woodworker needs. However, I also keep a very sharp marking knife handy instead of a pencil - it makes a much thinner mark than even 5mm leads, and has an uncanny accuracy.

2/20/2010 05:39:51 PM Report Abuse
harrywas72 wrote:

How true on cheap tools, Harry

2/18/2010 10:26:59 AM Report Abuse

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