A tape measure is among the first measuring tools that any woodworking, DIY-er or professional woodworker should own. It’s just a simple flexible tape measure that lets you go beyond just taking straight measurements around corners or radiating patterns. The most common use for a tape measure is measuring wood. You may have heard of ‘radial’ and ‘perimeter’ measurements. Radial refers to measuring lengths while perimeters is measuring distances.
If you are a beginner at woodworking, the best measuring tools you should own include a framing square, along with a straight edge, measuring tape, pliers, saw, drills and a pencil. This is a basic set of tools that you are sure to never go without. A tape measure comes in handy for just about every project you will undertake. When shopping for measuring tapes, you should keep in mind that there are four main types of measuring tapes.
There are two main types of woodworking measuring tools: the steel rule and the wooden line. The steel rule is an inexpensive tool but not particularly accurate. It relies on rulers that are not very accurate and it is fairly heavy. For woodworking projects that require precise measurements, the steel rule is not the tool for you. But if you are just beginning, you can rely on it to get you started.
The third type of measuring tools out there is the carpentry measuring tape. If you are going to be measuring wood pieces, such as shelves or furniture, a carpentry measuring tape is what you need. Calipers are used primarily for woodworking applications. However, woodworkers also use them for trimming materials and for fabricating panels and other types of clothing or other items made out of wood.
The fourth type of measuring tool for woodworkers make use of is the straightedge. If you plan on measuring boards or panels and if you want an accurate measurement every time, then you will definitely want to make use of a straightedge. These tools are not particularly expensive but they are very effective.
Other tools that woodworkers make use of every woodworking measuring project include carpenter’s square and the layout gauge. Carpenter’s square is a tape measure that is often referred to as a straight edge. This tool is very helpful for a woodworker who wants to know his/her layout accurately. In addition to the straight edge, a carpenter’s square also has other useful features such as protrusions that show you the distance from any particular corner.
The layout gauge is another important tool for woodworkers. This tool makes it possible for a woodworker to obtain an exact reading on the dimension of his/her piece of wood. These tools are ideal for measuring the wall depth as well as for wall to wall and quarter inch dimension. Another important feature of this tool is that it has an adjustable scale which is very convenient for a woodworker who is measuring objects that require precision. While the straight edge and carpenter’s square are more commonly used measuring tools, the layout gauges can also be used in combination with them.
The last four tools that we will discuss are the tape measure, the level, the carpenter’s square and the ruler. Each of these tools is essential for carpentry activities. It is a good idea to have at least one of each tool, but in fact, the combination of a few of these tools is usually best. It is a good idea to have a ruler beside the tape measure so that you can see what is being measured and also so that you will be able to get the right measurements.