Tape Measure - Woodworking Tools - 7 Essentials for Your Workshop - Bob Vila
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When it comes to marking, measuring, and laying out, the tape measure has a thousand different uses. For your workshop, make sure that you have at least a three-quarter-inch-wide, 10- or 12-foot-long tape. I find a small (6-foot-long, half-inch-wide) pocket tape goes with me almost everywhere.