This is one item I keep putting off buying. My friend Heavy D has persuaded me to grab a few and salt them around the various crafting areas!

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If I had to pick a tool that I just love and use constantly, it would be my dial calipersI have a couple of the inexpensive Harbor Freight models laying around the shop and and basically have a panic attack if I misplace them, really. 

Though they’re just a high precision measuring tool, I find that I use them for comparison measurements all the time, as well as for centering holes, scribing lines along an edge, etc. I’ve even used them on sewing projects and since I’m not doing precision machining the cheap ones are more than adequate.

Here’s a primer on using them:

My favorite things about them include:

  • I don’t have to compare a measurement to see if a drill is big enough for a bolt. Just measure the bolt diameter then physically compare it to the drill.
  • The points of the jaws are generally hard…

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