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Posted on What are your go-to setup and measurement tools?

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Murdock

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#1 posted 08-31-2011 11:02 PM

My measurement tools are middle of the road models but I seem to do ok with them. I certainly learned the hard way about buying cheep tools, my first combination square cost me $7 and was worth about $2.

6” steel ruler – Detailed measurement because it has the finest scale of anything else I own. Also good for tight spaces.

framing square – Squaring up larger projects, verifying square on my miter gauge, even been known to use it for framing on occasion.

combination square – Use it for just about everything; marking gauge, verifying table saw setup, squaring projects, etc. Rarely out of reach, ...now where did I put it…

Tape measure – Measuring anything longer than my 6” ruler or combination square can handle. I have several 16’ ones scattered around to be in easy reach.

Drafting compass – The kind with 2 points, not a pencil. Use it for measuring things most people probably use calipers for, set it to the width of the item I want to measure then move it over to the 6” ruler to read. I also use it the other way to set a particular measurement on a ruler, then move it to the workpiece to mark it.

I have other measuring tools in the toolbox and hanging on the walls but they are either special purpose so don’t get used often or just have not lived up to what I thought they would be.

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