Buy This, Not That | Measuring & Marking

Buy This, Not That | Measuring & Marking

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Our previous Buy This Not That video about drill bits ( went over pretty well and many folks asked me to do another one. So I gave it some thought and came up with a list of measuring and marking devices that I think you should buy as well as the ones I think you should avoid.

Links You’ll Probably Want:
6′ Tape Measure –
Machinist Squares –
12″ Adjustable Square –
Bevel Gauge –
Protractor –
Single Bevel Marking Knife –
Blade Cutting/Marking Gauge –

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0:00 Introduction
0:30 Measuring Tapes
1:19 Squares
1:56 Rulers
3:02 Angles
3:41 Pencils
4:49 Marking Knives
7:04 Marking Gauges


  1. jason on November 1, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    I use a Festool folding rule, and a FatMax tape. Love the folding rule though.

  2. Colorado Mountain Man on November 1, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    Hands down the best tape measure ever made is the Stanley Classic 25′, a point that can’t be argued. And the best pencil to use for trim is the old standby #2 Eberhard Faber, the Ticonderoga, or other wood cored 6-sided pencil with eraser.

  3. solb101 on November 1, 2023 at 9:55 pm

    Combination squares usually come with a protractor. You prefer the bevel gauge method?

  4. Joe Balch on November 1, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    Very helpful

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  6. Bryan Harness on November 1, 2023 at 10:01 pm

    Hate those tiny tape measures. Their usually really inaccurate in my experience. But ill look at em again

  7. Matthew Jason on November 1, 2023 at 10:01 pm

    I like the 6’ tapes but they need to make them bigger

  8. Terry Allemann on November 1, 2023 at 10:05 pm

    A 3 or four piece square set for $25.00 are not machinist squares they are steel squares a good 6 inch machinist square will cost over a $100.00 but will be within .0005 over that 6 inches.

  9. TRUSTNO1 78 on November 1, 2023 at 10:07 pm

    very useful video!! thx man!! I will suscribe

  10. Lori Werle on November 1, 2023 at 10:12 pm

    I really enjoy your videos and all the fun pop culture items in your shop. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Rusty Shackleford on November 1, 2023 at 10:13 pm

    Mayor Goldie Wilson?

  12. Dwight Bauer on November 1, 2023 at 10:17 pm

    Dental Picks…Sir

  13. Live Free or Die Hard on November 1, 2023 at 10:17 pm

    My FatMax mini is by far my favorite tape mesaure

  14. Kevin CinnamonToast on November 1, 2023 at 10:17 pm


  15. Michael Clark on November 1, 2023 at 10:18 pm

    Ok another vlogger with more money than sense

  16. Tj W on November 1, 2023 at 10:24 pm

    Tape rigidity matters and 1/2" wide blades are not. Another point against the cheaper tapes is the weaker blades tend to hook poorly and re hooking your 2 and 3 times per cut gets tedious quickly.

  17. wulf67 on November 1, 2023 at 10:36 pm

    "Woodworking" is the act of making things of wood, and it includes carpentry, timber framing and joinery, cabinet and furniture making, wood carving, wood turning, etc., and a lot of these things overlap.

    "Contracting" is a term that simply describes one of the ways a professional is paid.

    We built a stable that houses some very well-cared for thoroughbred race horses, and we used traditional joinery that fit together as tight as the joints on a piano case or any other piece of fine furniture. The doors and trim were hand-made as well. We were contractors as well as woodworkers. We were doing fine woodworking as well as "construction work" on a barn. We used carpenter’s pencils, #2 pencils, crayons, chisels and marking knives, 35′ tapes, 100′ tapes, a 300′ tape, as well as 20 pound beetle mallets. All fine woodworking tools. Some "fine woodworking" projects are just a lot larger than others.

  18. Chris Witek on November 1, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    Milwaukee 16 foot is my go to, I like the wider tape and the length helps when I’m at the hardwood dealer looking at longer/rougher stock that’s pushing 12 foot +

    I also always forget where I left it so being a little bigger helps me find it again 🤣🤣

  19. just me The Netherlands on November 1, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    the tab on the tape measure is usually the weak point. There is often play on this, which means you get the wrong sizes. The first thing I do with a new tape measure is glue this tab on so it can’t move anymore

  20. MrJcasilva on November 1, 2023 at 10:48 pm

    show de bola!👏

  21. Jordan Guy on November 1, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    Combo squares and engineer squares: make sure they’re hardened steel! The metal on metal contact of the sliding rule will wear away on a cheaper combo square (Swanson), therefore consider going with a Starrett. This is also important when using a marking knife because that’s also metal on metal contact.