I’m looking for a tool for doing inside measurements, and am hoping to get some opinions on what works well for others. Available options I’ve found are:
- Tape measure
I don’t think I’d get the precision I’d want with this approach, although I do like the looks of this one by Exakta.
- Folding wood rule
I’ve always found these a little bulky and cumbersome, and it bothers me that the extension can’t be locked.
- Laser measure
Poor precision (at least in my price range)
Woodpecker Modular Bar Gauge System
Wow! But I’m not spending $250.
Rockler 3-in-1 Bar Gauge
This might be what I end up with, although I wish the tips weren’t plastic and that it had mushroom tips like the Woodpecker and Veritas. I guess
Veritas Bar Gauge
This seems like it should be the best option, but I have two reservations: The way it sits low looks inconvenient for transferring measurements to a table saw. I’m also unsure about the ball tip. It seems to me it would be a lot easier to keep the gauge square with a flat tip like the Rockler gauge has. Can anybody comment on this?
EZ Story Stick
Once again, I think the inability to lock is a deal breaker. They say it’s stiff, but I’m sure my table saw fence shifting when it looks into place could move it.
Veritas Bar Gauge Heads
These look great for corner measurements, but I feel that the Rockler would be less hassle.
Does anybody have experience with any of these options? Are there any others that I’m missing? I’m especially interested in the Veritas Bar Gauge, and whether my reservations are misplaced.