Tool Warble #01 – Measuring & Marking

Inspired by Jay Baytes’ Talk Talk series, This episode of Tool Warble is all about the measuring and marking tools that I use.

PEC 4″ Double Square

These PEC double squares are often rebadged under brands you may be more familiar with, such as iGaging and Veritas. 100mm/4″ & 150mm/6″ blades are available, in metric, imperial and a combination.

This is my ‘first choice’ layout tool, every single time. The smaller blade means its easier to balance on work pieces (such as marking out a tenon or mortise), as well as more easily gets inside difficult areas.

Buy on Amazon, though if you’re in Australia you may wish to get it from Jim Davey

Incra TRule

The T-Rule is accurate, it has some nice gimmicks to it, its easy to use and…. I wouldn’t buy it again. It’s not for me. Natalie, however, loves it. It was bought for her and it suits the way she works, it just doesn’t suit the way I work.

If it was half the width and more rigid, it’d probably be up there with my favourite tools.

Incra Centering Rule

Much like the T-Rule, this isn’t for me yet the wife is very fond of it. Limited purpose, but it does that job very well. Again like the T-Rule, I wish it wasn’t as flimsy.

Wixey Angle Gauge

Very useful for setting up tools. I don’t use the level function on it, but any time I care about setting the table saw to an angle (rather than “vaguely 45 degrees”), I pull this out. The angle “gauge” on the front of any table saw – no matter how high or low end should really just be used as a guide line.

Wixey Height Gauge

I don’t use this as often as I could because it can be a bit tricky to use. While it has magnets in the feet to make it easy to use, that doesn’t work so well on aluminium router insert plates, or the phenolic zero clearance plates on my saw. Still, it does work well for dialing in exact settings.

Pfeil Marking Knife

As silly as it sounds, this is a joy to use. The balance and weight of the handle are right and the line it scribes is nice and crisp. There are cheaper marking knives and kits to make your own, but this is nice to use.

Uni Kurutoga mech pencil

While I’d prefer a more expensive, metal barrelled mechanical pencil for the weight, the Kurutoga 0.5mm pencil functions well, is grippy enough in hand and despite the so so plastic feeling, it has held up well.

Fastcap pattern marker

Surprisingly useful for getting into very difficult to reach places. If it had a fine point, it’d be my go-to marker for all situations that call for one.

Veritas Square Fence

A fence that attaches onto standard framing squares, giving a really nice ‘lip’ to make it super easy to butt up against the edges of sheet goods to mark and measure. I’d prefer a good quality T-Square (such as the Woodpeckers t squares), but they’re over 4 times the cost.

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