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08-09-2013 01:47 AM

I’m sure we have all been faced with the dilemna of whether or not we should purchase a certain tool because we are not sure how often we would use it. After buying and using the tool we then come to find that we cannot do without it and wonder why we waited so long to buy one. The three tools pictured below I use during ever project I do and would be handicapped without them even though I was not certain when I bought them whether or not I needed them. Sure, I can still complete projects without the calipers, saddle square and Incra rule but it sure is nice having them and measuring and marking is a lot more exact.

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#1 posted 08-09-2013 01:55 AM

+2

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 01:57 AM

For me, its not the first of a tool I buy that’s questionable. Its the ones after that. For example, do I really need 25 braces? couple hundred hand planes? 80-100 saws? Probably not, but I don’t let that stop me :))

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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tefinn

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 03:01 AM

I find that I buy more of the “indispensable” tools and only use them once(or never). Although I do use my Starrett calipers and combo square on every project.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#4 posted 08-09-2013 03:05 AM

DKV: I need to replace my crappy calipers. What brand do you (or anybody else) have/like?

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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tefinn

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#5 posted 08-09-2013 03:25 AM

Picklehead – I use a Starrett as mentioned above. I also have a Mitutoyo, but I don’t like the movement of it, so it mostly collects dust. Both are 6” long calipers.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#6 posted 08-09-2013 03:32 AM

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#7 posted 08-09-2013 03:35 AM

None of your projects reflect the use of these tools. sell them.
pet steps… yeah

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#8 posted 08-09-2013 03:41 AM

Ha, that’s funny. I was just wondering today if getting some calipers would be worth it. I guess this is my answer. I think I might get the Horror Freight ones. They’re only $10, plus you get the thrill of gambling every time you shop there!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#9 posted 08-09-2013 03:54 AM

Not sure how you can go wrong with these for woodworking – even if they are off tolerance, compared to more expensive brands, it would be too small to notice for woodworking. Metric and SAE
I use them on every project I work on.
http://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-digital-caliper-47257.html

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#10 posted 08-09-2013 01:37 PM

Thanks for the info, guys. Nice to know what to buy the second time!

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#13 posted 08-09-2013 04:30 PM

Christophret, I’m not certain where all your pent up anger for me is coming from. I can only assume two possible explanations. Either you’re Catholic or British royalty…

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#14 posted 08-09-2013 05:49 PM

For what its worth DKV, I think you’ve made about the nicest pet steps I’ve ever seen. My poor dog uses an old box i had lying around =)

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tefinn

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#15 posted 08-09-2013 05:52 PM

Yeah, they look a lot nicer than the ones I made from some leftover 2×4’s and plywood.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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