So I just got serious about woodworking a few years ago but have always been handy with building things around the house.
Typical Lowes or HD tools like tape measure, combination square...etc
I now realize how important it is to have better quality measuring tools.
I contemplated getting a Woodpecker square but settled on the iGaging combination set.
I got it a few days ago and out of the box I checked it with a 3" Starrett machining square that I happened to find at a flea market.
Once I tested it for accuracy, I checked all my other tools that I was using for so long and you can guess how that turned out.
Now i know why i would get frustrated with making cuts that didnt fit right.
Whats nice is I have convinced my wife that having these tools are very important to building better things.
I was able to square up an Empire square that had to be out of square by 1/16" up to its 8" length.
I also picked up an Incra 4" T Rule that is a lot cheaper than the Woodpecker. I have used it a few times now and besides being a little flimsy it will work.
I also ordered (on the cheaper end of Woodpecker items) the 12" Edge rule and the 24" woodworking rule.
So for those who are getting into woodworking it does pay to have some quality in your measuring devices.
Would love to have a Starrett square but I can't justify the price unless I was making a living at what I was doing.