How to Get the Most from Your Tape Measure
How to get the most from this trusty tool
Synopsis: Accuracy is the most important feature of a tape measure, and the most accurate, most convenient tapes on the market are not necessarily the most expensive. Find a tape measure that you can trust, and you’ll use it in countless ways for woodworking, from measuring boards at the lumberyard to laying out individual parts, marking rough lengths and widths, laying out joinery, and checking machine setups.
The tape measure is largely a contractor’s tool, but every woodworker needs at least one. Mine travels with me to the lumberyard and stays in my pocket for a host of tasks around the shop, from rough layout to setting up machines for milling lumber. It has endless possible uses—and there are a few tips and tricks that will help you make the most of it.
I can’t count all the ways I use my tape, but the first is…