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This is the gauge I use for measuring boards when I'm planing: https://www.amazon.ca/Taytools-46931...SIN=B07DCC8HYP Because the scale arm is 2 to 3 times as far from the fulcrum as the jaw tips are it multiplies the scale so that it winds up being very accurate despite its crude looks. I've checked it against my calipers and mine is dead on.

It's also a good example of how ridiculous prices on Amazon Canada can be. I bought mine at a woodworking show for $5-10.
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This is the gauge I use for measuring boards when I'm planing: https://www.amazon.ca/Taytools-46931...SIN=B07DCC8HYP Because the scale arm is 2 to 3 times as far from the fulcrum as the jaw tips are it multiplies the scale so that it winds up being very accurate despite its crude looks. I've checked it against my calipers and mine is dead on.

It's also a good example of how ridiculous prices on Amazon Canada can be. I bought mine at a woodworking show for $5-10.
Hate to tell you this, but Amazon USA has it for $8.

Looks like a very handy gadget that would work really well with the Sommerfeld star jig that accounts for thickness down to 1/32nd inch. I'm going to order one of these. The numbers are larger and easier to read than my existing gauges. https://amazon.com/Taytools-469317-T...r=8-3-fkmrnull
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I have both. I prefer the dial over the digital.
I'm just too old school. Reliability always wins out!
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I have the digital type which I haven't used for a long time,& even remove the battery when not using,but it's always flat when I want to use it again. Must get dial type. James.

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Been using 8" HF / Princess Auto (I forget which) digital calipers for about 10 or 15 years. Accurate and repeatable, as well as switching to metric with one button. Totally satisfied and always goes back into it's foam lined case in a drawer. Never dropped, always cleaned after use. I think it cost $20 back then. I use it all the time, mostly for metal, but have started incorporating it into my slowly emerging wood/mdf world.

As for the battery issue, I use my caliper lots; HF has a battery selection package that gives you 24 batteries for under $ 2 in this instance. Usually 3 or 4 work on the calipers, and some of them may be good for a wristwatch, digital scale etc. I always have a spare pack or two in the battery drawer. Battery seems to last between 6 months and a year IME.

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You can never have too many calipers, the bottom right reads fractions as well as metric and Imperial and was sent to me as a present from my late friend and fellow member in America, Bobj3.
Like James, I seldom use the electronic ones for the same reason, the battery goes flat even when not used, the same with all three. The top dial caliper is metric and the lower one is Imperial.
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