These days, we’re surrounded by digital technology, so it only makes sense to benefit from its precision and convenience in our shops. While some might scoff at our need for thousandths-inch precision — “It’s only wood, for gosh sakes!” — there are times when dead-on accuracy can save you time, effort and wasted material. Digital measuring instruments also bring convenience. You don’t need to decipher an analog scale — just read the LCD display. No need for a calculator, either; push a button to get instant decimal-to-fraction or metric conversions. If you’d like to step past the “good ’nuff” approach to measuring, these tools can help.
Rockler Digital Height Gauge
General Tools Moisture Meter
Darson Digital Calipers
iGaging EZ Pro Digital Protractor
iGaging Mini Snap Depth Gauge
Wixey Digital Angle Gauge
Wixey Saw Fence Digital Readout
Ready for Digital?
As our title indicates, this is just a quick survey of options. There are more digital shop aids than space allows here. If you know of other good ones, write in and share your favorites. While digital isn’t the answer to every measuring task, it definitely improves both convenience and accuracy. What’s not to like about that?