If you’re just getting started in woodworking, here are some basic measuring and marking tools you must have.

Measuring tape

Having a tape measure handy helps you take measurements on the go. The tape measures are available in “Imperial” format or in “Standard” / metric version. Typical lengths are 16, 25, and 30 feet.


Always have at least one good rule in your shop. You’ll use a ruler for a wide range of tasks, such as plan drawing, material measurement, table saw wing alignment, and surface evenness checking, among other things. It is always better to invest in a steel ruler.

Combination square

If you are just getting started in woodworking, buying a combination square is an excellent investment.

A combination square will help you measure 90 ° and 45 ° angles, determine flatness, measure the center of a circular bar, and mark the work surface.

A classic combination square consists of: 1) a square head and 2) a steel ruler. By sliding the square head along the steel ruler, it is possible to measure depth or transfer dimensions.

Framing square

A framing square (also called a steel square or carpenter’s square) is also another useful tool to own. It is made of steel and consists of 2 arms: a long arm and a short arm that meet at 90 °.

Having a square will allow you to measure any construction design you need. Framing squares can usually be found with a 24-inch sheet and a 16-inch tab. There are also smaller ones, but they come without the framing boards.

Marking gauge

The marking gauge is used to mark lines before cutting. Allows you to draw a line parallel to a reference edge. Generally, the marking gauge consists of a beam, pegbox, pen, pin, wheel, and knife.

Scratch Awl

The scratch punch is basically a steel pick with a sharp point. Etch a shallow groove in the wood that you can follow when using a hand saw or chisel.

Sliding bezel

With a sliding bevel, cutting wood will be much, much easier and smoother. The sliding bezel is basically a gauge that allows you to set and transfer angles. It consists of a handle, usually made of wood or plastic, attached to an adjustable metal blade.


Tea Knife The cutting tool is classically used by chair manufacturers. It typically consists of a straight blade 8 to 12 inches long and perpendicular handles at each end.

Tea Froe (also called lathe ax and splitting knife) is a tool used for riveting or splitting. The froe has a straight blade 8-12 inches long and a perpendicular handle at its end.

Tea Scorpio it is a razor with an almost completely circular blade. Very useful for emptying bowls and similar objects.

Tea Utility knife It is a knife that has a retractable blade that is sheathed inside a metal handle. Available in all kinds of sizes, the knife is used in carpentry to cut all kinds of materials.

Clock meter

The dial indicator is a gauge with a dial reading in hundredths or thousandths of an inch. You can use it to measure the depth of a hole. It is an ideal tool for accurately measuring from cylindrical tenons and mortises.

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