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This compass is made of wood pieces, a knob, a pencil and a carriage bolt. It draws larger circles than most workshop compasses. Use th...

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Measuring Tools

Top 31 Measuring Tools Projects

  1. 1. Center-Finding Tape Measure

    Need to find the center of an object but don't feel like doing the math? DIY experts have the answer.

  2. 2. Calipers and Gauges

    Calipers and gauges are handy tools to have around the workshop when it comes to measuring. Use this DIY guide to see which tools are b...

  3. 3. Ultrasonic Measuring Tools

    DIY experts explain why the convenience of ultrasonic measuring tools may soon make rulers and tape measures tools of the past.

  4. 4. Rotating Laser

    DIY experts explain why this rotating laser light is a great tool when working in a large room. The helpful light makes it easy to inst...

  5. 5. Laser Tools

    DIY Network offers information on three laser tools that can make your next project a bit easier.

  6. 6. How to Use Squares, Bevels and Gauges

    DIY Network explains the variety of tools used to make and measure angles and guidelines.

  7. 7. 796 Digital Micrometer (01:07)

    This micrometer is a precision instrument that you don't have to baby.

  8. 8. Easy DIY

    Get tips from DIY Network on the right tools for a do-it-yourself job.

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  9. 9. Project Calculator

    DIY experts show why this project calculator is a great tool to have around the workshop. It can perform functions ordinary calculators...

  10. 10. Level Combo

    DIY experts offer information on a level that's more than just a level — it's also a protractor and a crown-molding angle calcula...

  11. 11. Measuring Tips and Tricks

    Measuring isn't as easy as getting out a ruler or yardstick. DIY Network experts offer some helpful measuring hints to make the job fas...

  12. 12. Plumb Bob

    DIY Network gives information on the Plumb Rite bob — a tool that's handy for hanging wallpaper and paneling, plumbing a wall or ...

  13. 13. How to Draw Angles and Circles

    Drawing perfect circles and angles can be challenging. Carl Mueller, host of DIY Tools & Techniques, offers some foolproof techniques f...

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    $100 - $250
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    Easy to Moderate
  14. 14. How to Use Winding Sticks

    Winding sticks are two same-size sticks of contrasting colors that are traditional tools for checking the evenness of a bench. Learn ho...

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    Under Half Day
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    $1 - $50
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    Moderate to Hard
  15. 15. Viewer Jig: Board Center Finder

    Host David Thiel shows how to make a jig that can easily help find and mark the center of a board.

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    $1 - $50
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    Easy
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