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Forum topic by treesner posted 06-21-2016 05:46 PM 789 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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treesner

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06-21-2016 05:46 PM

I’ve been finding the caliper a nice tool to have for measuring dados and setting the dado stack ect.
Curious if you guys carry a caliper in your apron? they seem kind of delicate like easy to break (maybe thats just the digital kind i have?). A small 4” one might be nice


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#1 posted 06-21-2016 06:09 PM

All my tools are in reach so there is no need to carry anything. Having said that I use my digital indicators all the time. I have a caliper, a height gauge, an angle cube, and a DRO on the planer. The best feature is I can see the displays with these bad eyes. I also keep several Incra marking rules and a folding rule at hand. With the Incra LS-III precision fence and M1000 miter gauge the shop holds to 1/32” +-0.002” on most every cut.

All of this together added to a decent saw & router is the most cost effective precision cutting system you can find.

M

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#2 posted 06-21-2016 06:30 PM

I have a small brass Empire sliding caliper that is super handy and my iGaging digital for more accuracy. My shop is small and both live in a tool caddy on my table saw so I don’t need to carry them. I can recommend both.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 06-22-2016 12:11 AM



I have a small brass Empire sliding caliper that is super handy and my iGaging digital for more accuracy. My shop is small and both live in a tool caddy on my table saw so I don t need to carry them. I can recommend both.

- Rick M.

yeah maybe it’s just a small manual caliper that i need, probably more sturdy? the main use i can think of now is taking a reading of the plywood and transferring to dado stack

the brass empire one i see online doesn’t have the little reverse measuring arms on the right side of the calipers though, that’d be nice to have

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#4 posted 06-22-2016 12:15 AM

It does inside outside from the same side.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 06-22-2016 12:44 AM



All my tools are in reach so there is no need to carry anything. Having said that I use my digital indicators all the time. I have a caliper, a height gauge, an angle cube, and a DRO on the planer. The best feature is I can see the displays with these bad eyes. I also keep several Incra marking rules and a folding rule at hand. With the Incra LS-III precision fence and M1000 miter gauge the shop holds to 1/32” +-0.002” on most every cut.

All of this together added to a decent saw & router is the most cost effective precision cutting system you can find.

M

- MadMark

Precise yes. Cost effective no.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 06-22-2016 12:48 AM

I use my 6” calipers all the time, but I don’t put them in my apron for the reasons you mention…

I actually don’t use my apron pockets much at all. 12’ tape measure, pencil, 6” steal rule. That’s about it.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#7 posted 06-22-2016 03:55 AM

Are we talking vernier/dial/digital calipers or vernier/digital micrometers?
I have some of both!
I treasure the vernier calipers as it was a present from my now deceased uncle in Germany.
My son is a CNC machinist and I get some of his worn out tools, not good enough for him but fine for me.
After all, who needs 0.0001 accuracy in woodworking?

All my measurement tools are within two feet of my bench except my 26” vernier calipers which are four feet away.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 06-22-2016 05:09 AM


All my tools are in reach so there is no need to carry anything. Having said that I use my digital indicators all the time. I have a caliper, a height gauge, an angle cube, and a DRO on the planer. The best feature is I can see the displays with these bad eyes. I also keep several Incra marking rules and a folding rule at hand. With the Incra LS-III precision fence and M1000 miter gauge the shop holds to 1/32” +-0.002” on most every cut.

All of this together added to a decent saw & router is the most cost effective precision cutting system you can find.

M

- MadMark

Precise yes. Cost effective no.

- TheFridge

Pardon? What do you suggest that will repeat to the nearest 1/32” +-0.005”? The cost of the router and fence & all the bits and pieces was less than the $850 cost of my G0715P saw.

What do you use to match that spec? Show me what is better for less!

M

-- Madmark - Madmark2150@yahoo.com Wiretreefarm.com

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#9 posted 06-22-2016 05:27 AM

Somehow over the past millennia, people have made quality pieces of furniture without a grizzly g0715p with an incra super ultra precise military grade fence and all the doodads. What could we possibly build without one.

Your wood is crooked in your calipers so you’re measuring it wrong. Derp.

OP, I have a set of dial and vernier calipers within reach always. The dial calipers go back in their padded plastic case when done. Mainly to keep dust out. Only thing that worries me is dropping them and probably breaking the needle loose.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 06-22-2016 05:32 AM



1/32” +-0.002”
- MadMark

LOL. So it’s good to 4/5 mm.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#11 posted 06-23-2016 12:06 PM

I have 6 and 12 ” calipers that I use all the time, they have to be reset constantly because of all the saw dust but I do find they are great woodworking tool!

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