I hope I'm not too late. You do not mention your needs. This is what I
need for home:
scriber / awl /
.7mm mechanical pencil(s)
A sliding protractor, w/ depth slider
aluminum meter stick
circle drawing thingy
scribing caliper may be useful, inside and outside possibly for transfer.
a few bucks a piece. last
level ( agreat flat and straight edge)
a sliding T-bevel
a combination square (great for marking along an edge, setting up router
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).