Category Archives: Measuring Tools


Documenting a tool on it’s way out of my shop. Rare as it is, I occasionally part with a tool. I decided to sell this micrometer because I haven’t reached for it in 10 years.

Starrett Micrometer #230


By no form of measure am I considered to have, use or embrace “engineering” skills. I recently bought a digital dial caliper to measure small things and I still can’t get an accurate reading on teeny tiny watch parts and whatnot. So, in the experience column we’re going to have to put none. Ok, ok.. every guy with a shop as complete as mine has and uses a micrometer from time to time. Thing about this Starrett No. 230 Micrometer.. I use a much older micrometer made by Brown & Sharpe mfg. that came in a L.S. Starrett velvet lined case.

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A 1905 Starrett gauge, but what is it?

Admittedly, I own a select few inherited tools that I have no experience with. Here’s an antique Starrett tool that has me wondering: What is it?

While cleaning my shop this week after using the destructive, chip throwing “Lancelot“, I found this tool on my top shelf (yes, unfortunately, wood chips covered everything, reinforcing the notion of using my “assembly table” for assembly only.)

Can I assume since it’s Starrett that it’s for measuring? Sure, it’s got a rubber wheel that when rolled, turns a dial that is labelled from 0-100 with inexplicably odd numbers at each mark around the dial: 19,28,37,46, 55… – I see a pattern here.

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Stanley 33-425 Powerlock 25-Foot Measuring Tape

Tool: Stanley 33-425 Powerlock 25′ Measuring Tape. Aka, Tape Measure.

I’m the guy they made the tape measure for. Seems like measuring is all I do. I measure so often, I hang my tape squarely between my legs. Seems like everyone I know uses a different tape but I’ve stuck with the same Powerlock for ages. I don’t mind the newer Stanley 33-525 but I still buy the same old tape for a few reasons.


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6-Inch Combo Square

Tool: 6″ Combo Square

Many manufacturers offer combo squares in a variety of materials but the tool remains the same. One of my favorite tools in my belt, which I’ve carried for years, is the 6″ combo square. Sure, I use larger combo squares regularly but the 6″ is in my pouch ready for gauging and marking at any moment  …those moments come all day long at my job.


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Keuffel & Esser Antique Tape Measure

Tool: Keuffel & Esser Antique Leather/Cloth Tape Measure

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This Keuffel & Esser Cloth Tape Measure is the first antique tool posted on and with it comes a story of Woodworker’s fate. I’m talking about two kinds of fate here; the kind which befell the original owner and the kind which landed his tools in this woodworker’s hands.

A Keuffel & Esser Tape Measure was included in the 1939 World’s Fair Time Capsule.

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Stanley 46-813 Bevel Gauge

Tool: Stanley 46-813 8-Inch Solid Hardwood T-Bevel

A bevel gauge has been an essential tool in my carpenter’s belt. I don’t know how old this one is but I can tell you it’s been around the block and then some. The way this tool sticks out of my pouch means it has gotten caught on just about everything I have to squeeze through on the job, be it shrubs, a crawlspace, or a joist bay.


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Bridge City Tool Works CT-1 Squevel

Tool: Bridge City Tool Works CT-1 Squevel
Date of Service: 1993

Wow! Really one of my coolest tools. At first I thought these tools were too beautiful to use but it didn’t take me long to break them in. Today my limited edition Signature Series CT-1 Squevel is in constant use, though writing this post has brought to my attention it’s need for some TLC.


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Bridge City Tool Works – TS-2 Master Try Square

Tool: Bridge City Tool Works – TS-2 Master Try Square
Date of Service: December 1990

Every woodworker has a few prized tools that are put to use often. A few of the finest tools In my shop are made by Bridge City Tool Works, including the TS-2 Master Try Square which is engraved with my initials, birthday and the year of 1990.


Product Specifications:

  • 90 degrees, plus or minus 0.002″ over the blade length, inside and outside
  • 8″ (heel to toe)
  • 0.125″
  • 1.50″
  • 360 alloy, half-hard brass
  • Solid rosewood, faced on both sides with 360 alloy half-hard brass wear plates, rivets are anchored in solid brass seats, both sides

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I received the Bridge City Tool Works TS-2 Master Square as a birthday present from a fine cabinetmaker and an influential person in my life. Unfortunately he died before I grew up enough to share woodworking stories, experiences and learn from him. As we talked during his last few days I felt like I was being cast out alone into the woodworking world with no teacher since we had lived on opposite coasts of America during my beginnings and I had just returned to the East Coast; “How will I learn to be a craftsman without you?” He replied, “You are going to have to go out there and learn it for yourself like everyone else.”

I don’t own a tool more accurate or more beautiful. I value these tools more than any other for obvious reasons… but still I use them almost every day!

If you like the TS-2 check out my Bridge City Tool Works CT-1 Squevel.


TS-2 at Bridge City Tool Works – Out of production.