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

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#1 posted 1085 days ago

Of course, it has everything to do with how we each work and the kinds of projects we do, but at the workbench, building tables and other misc. casework, here’s my go-to stuff:

6” Craftsman Combination Square – Love it, couldn’t do without it, always sits in the rack at the back right of the workbench.

#197 / #198 Stanley Marking Gauges – Can’t beat the feel of rosewood. Accurate too. One end is a cutting wheel, the other is a pin. It’s all good.

Zig Zag Rule – Lufkin inside measure stick rule. Small nicks at the brass ends to hold the pencil lead when striking a long rip cut. If it’s longer than 72” a tape measure comes out, but otherwise…

Tape Measure – Craftsman 16’, 3/4” tape. All 1” rolls are too fat in my hand, love the 3/4” size this one has and I rarely need to measure anything longer.

Dividers – Four sizes, various makers, all old. Like Murdock, these tools set repeatable widths / measures and are all kinds of useful. Can’t say I’ve ever transfered a setting to inches. With good use of dividers, I don’t measure near as often to get results. And that’s fine with me.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive


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