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

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#1 posted 09-01-2011 12:16 AM

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.

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