What Layout and Measuring Tools?

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I hope I'm not too late. You do not mention your needs. This is what I need for home:
scriber / awl / starter punch .7mm mechanical pencil(s) eraser A sliding protractor, w/ depth slider aluminum meter stick tape measure circle drawing thingy scribing caliper may be useful, inside and outside possibly for transfer. a few bucks a piece. last roofers square level ( agreat flat and straight edge) a square a sliding T-bevel a combination square (great for marking along an edge, setting up router bits, etc.) if a carpenter, a line level, and plumb bob a dial caliper. 8" is better than 6". Check drill bits. I've got a conversion chart several pages in length. They are good and accurate to .001" - about $20. Make sure it is a dial b/c you can see the high, low spot by rocking the jaws. It does inside, outside, and depth. I can't imagine one of these graduated in fractions. That is backward helpful. All fractions have the equivalent decimal. If you have one graduated to /128ths, you are still 8 fold less precise. a 1/128th is 0.0078125" Since they are accurate to .001" along the entire length, you can actually see the 8 tenths (ten thousandths) part between the smallest graduation lines. actually the only ones on the dial. There are 100 , and 10 lines per inch on the bar.. They are as easy to read as a clock. A standard piece of lined 3-ring paper is .003" thick. If you can put one in a joint with your wood then the wood will fall out if the paper weren't there. There is nothing good about working in fractions. You can't do diddely. You might as well be guessing. You better get it right the first time b/c there is no way to fix your mistake after that. When you measure .001" in wood there is no doubtThere is nothing tricky, ambiguous or overkill about it.
There are probably way too many suggestions here. There is a difference between the types of tools you need to use for metal and those for wood. And in woodworking you can get away with substituting when needed. I hardly ever need any angle other than 45. I use a green Staedtler template, or use math. I do not have a A sliding protractor, w/ depth slider yet.
I work w/ metal cad/cam and cnc machining. I have worked at places that have a 6 foot vernier caliper (.001" discrimination accurate).
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Thanks for all the great advice.
Philly

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