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Forum topic by W1ngnu7 posted 12-27-2013 08:10 PM 1137 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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W1ngnu7

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12-27-2013 08:10 PM

I seem to always reach for my tape measure, not sure why. I know some of my squares only have 1/8”, not 1/16”. I feel like I’m missing a tool that would work best for making smallish layout lines. Combination square?

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 08:15 PM

It all depends on the size I am trying to measure, but for the most part I have a Craftsman 25’ tape measure that I bought brand spanking new in 1989 that suits me just fine.

For small parts however, I like having the accuracy of my digital caliper.

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 08:16 PM

Starrett 4” Double Square

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 08:20 PM

Komelan 12’ tape measure.
It is small, light, and easy to read. It stays put in the extended position, and you push a button to retract the tape. They cost all of $4 at Lowe’s.

I have several of them, and for furniture construction they are ideal.

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Bill White

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 08:27 PM

Starrett 6” double.
Bill

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W1ngnu7

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#5 posted 12-27-2013 08:39 PM

Those Starrett squares are perfect, expensive, but perfect. Thanks!

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#6 posted 12-27-2013 08:52 PM

Box building demands the Incra rule. Set up, caliper.

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#7 posted 12-27-2013 08:56 PM

A twelve inch steel rule which measures right off the end without an edge would work best .Why not go for an engineers rule can’t be beaten and doesn’t have to be too expensive too. Alistair

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ShaneA

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#8 posted 12-27-2013 08:57 PM

Starrett 6” and 12” combo squares, are my favorites

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#9 posted 12-27-2013 08:57 PM

Calipers. Measures depth, width, thikness, shoulders, diameters and is also a quick marking guage.
I find that these have a good quality/prize ratio: http://ecatalog.mitutoyo.com/Vernier-Calipers-Series-530-Standard-Model-C1401.aspx

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woodcox

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#10 posted 12-27-2013 08:59 PM

6” P. E. C. Double square is a more economical alternative choice to a Starrett.

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Farrout

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#11 posted 12-27-2013 08:59 PM

My ‘go to’ is a digital caliper.
I use it to set blade height, thin strip width, and a lot of other things.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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brtech

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#12 posted 12-27-2013 09:15 PM

Under an inch – digital calipers
Under a foot – Starrett combo square, although I have a LV 4” double square in my pocket at all times
Over a foot – depends on the job. If 1/16” tolerance is okay, tape measure, otherwise I have a 4’ rule that is dead on accurate

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waho6o9

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#13 posted 12-27-2013 09:21 PM

1 2 3 block

folding ruler with brass extension for inside measurements

4” double square

Done

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barringerwoodworks

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#14 posted 12-27-2013 09:22 PM

Starrett 6” combo for small stuff. Thinking about keeping it behind my ear along with a pencil. Stanley Fatmax 35’ tape for long stuff.

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JayT

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#15 posted 12-27-2013 11:00 PM

16’ Komelon Tape for rough measuring.

6in General flexible stainless ruler for precision.

Doesn’t cost a lot, but is very accurate and easy to use for small projects. I need to add a similar 12 incher.

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