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Forum topic by Ken Olsen posted 07-05-2021 11:34 PM 740 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ken Olsen

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07-05-2021 11:34 PM

Does anyone know where I can find a electronic digital caliper that only goes down to 1/16 or 1/32. I have one that I use for woodworking and turning, the problem is it says in 9/232. And if I try to adjust it to say 3/4 inch when. Turning it’s so hard to get it to 3/4 any suggestions would be appreciated

-- My daughter came into the garge when she was small and said I know what your making mom told me Its a Mess


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#1 posted 07-05-2021 11:42 PM

Check out Stumpy Nubs website. Seems like he found some that were for woodworkers.

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#2 posted 07-06-2021 12:51 AM

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#3 posted 07-06-2021 01:06 AM

Do the work up front and learn to dump fractions. Go to decimal or metric. You won’t have that problem any more.

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#4 posted 07-06-2021 02:27 AM

You don’t really need a fancy digital caliper for wood. If you need a 3/4 inch tenon, use a 3/4 ” open end wrench .

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#5 posted 07-06-2021 02:35 AM

iGaging offers one, PN 100-333-8. Sold many places.

BORG offers several online, General Tools PN 1478 and a Husky model. The call them 3-mode calipers. The General set I used would read down to 64ths in fractional mode.

For lathe work: why not use regular turning caliper; and keep a 3/4” thick reference block around for repeatable setting?

Cheers!

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#6 posted 07-06-2021 03:23 AM

I have a fractional dial caliper that is the mainstay of my layout tools. I like it much better than the digital ones because I can tell at a glance whether 11/32 is greater or less than 3/8 without doing any math in my head.

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#7 posted 07-06-2021 05:24 AM



I have a fractional dial caliper that is the mainstay of my layout tools. I like it much better than the digital ones because I can tell at a glance whether 11/32 is greater or less than 3/8 without doing any math in my head.

- MPython

same, i have a fractional dial caliper from HF and love it. and i don’t need to worry about the batteries being dead when i need it or batteries leaking and destroying the tool.

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#8 posted 07-06-2021 07:16 AM

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#9 posted 07-06-2021 08:05 AM

If you only need accuracy to 1/32 or so, just use the simple Taytools thickness gauge. I was able to tweak it to be quite accurate. Sits on top of my planer.

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#10 posted 07-06-2021 10:31 AM


same, i have a fractional dial caliper from HF and love it. and i don’t need to worry about the batteries being dead when i need it or batteries leaking and destroying the tool.

- SMP


This was my thought process and went to pick up a dial version because I was tired of dead batteries. Someone had put the dial sleeve on another digital one so now I have two. I gave up and bought a sleeve of ten batteries.

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#11 posted 07-06-2021 08:48 PM

Thanks for all the GREAT replies i am lucky if i can cut a piece of wood down to 1/8 but i really like to us it when thinness planning I think ill take the suggestion and dump my digital scale and get a old style dial
great site for answers to all questions

-- My daughter came into the garge when she was small and said I know what your making mom told me Its a Mess

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#12 posted 01-24-2022 01:17 PM



You don t really need a fancy digital caliper for wood. If you need a 3/4 inch tenon, use a 3/4 ” open end wrench .

- donald_wa


That will not fit into a 3/4” drilled hole without a big hammer. Sharpened Open end wrenches work great but are oversized to fit nut/bolt flats. Soft wood ok, hard wood gotta trim.

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