Sometimes if you want to buy tools for your woodworking workshop, you have the choice … are you going for digital tools or are you gone to stay with analog tools?
Well, after reading this blog, I am sure that you will be convinced of the many benefits that digital tools can offer for your woodworking workshop.
Does this mean that you can just pass up your skills to use analog tools?
It is still important to have the knowledge to use analog tools.
Knowing how to use analog tools is basic knowledge that is not unimportant.
This knowledge ensures that you can understand how digital tools work, and how you can continue to work in the event that digital tools fail.
Digital tools will give you everything you can do with analog tools, only digital tools will give you a lot of extra benefits for the projects you work on in your woodworking workshop.
That’s why you should consider switching from analog to digital tools.
In this blog, you will discover everything about it.
To answer this question briefly: digital tools are easier to use, faster, and ultimately digital tools lead to a better end result.
If you read the statements below, it will certainly become clearer what I mean by this.
Are digital tools more accurate than analog?
Digital tools are not necessarily more accurate than analog measuring tools. With both these devices, in most cases, you can achieve the same results.
The fact that I am a proponent of digital tools for my woodworking workshop is because of the extra benefits they offer.
For example, the digital readout of the LCD screens will ensure that I am always sure of the measured values.
Also, deviating dimensions are much easier to set.
Take, for example, adjusting the saw blade of the table saw.
With a good square, you can place your saw blade perfectly perpendicular to the table.
But suppose you have to set the saw blade at an angle of, I will take a random example, 62.5 degrees.
With a digital tool, you can set this to a tenth of a degree, while with a square you cannot do anything in this case.
In such cases, a digital tool will always beat an analog meter.
You can always reset the same angle regardless of the time and other settings that were between the two setups.
That’s why you get the same perfect cuts every time, and that’s why I am in favor of digital measuring devices instead of analog measuring devices.
But there are more advantages than just these two examples!
Read on and convince yourself why you should switch to digital tools.
Why use digital tools in your woodworking workshop?
Using digital tools in your workplace comes with a few big benefits that will make a huge difference.
Although there is a small price difference between digital tools and analog tools, that price difference will quickly disappear when you see what they can do for you.
Clarity: Those numbers and lines on analog tools are so small and so close together that doubts can quickly strike.
Which degree line is that closest? Is it 12.3 mm or 12.4 mm?
Believe me, the older you get, the more it seems that these lines are closer together. Even wearing glasses can’t help you anymore.
Digital tools offer much more clarity by not having all the numbers and dashes on a tool that is much too small.
Even without glasses or guesswork, you can easily read the size you need from the LCD screen.
Speed: This is perhaps the greatest advantage of digital tools.
Switch on, measure, and simply read the screen.
In seconds, you know the exact size, without first having to stare at those small lines for a long time until you go cross-eyed and then finally get started with a size that you are not entirely sure about.
Speed is an important advantage when you need a measurement. Multiply this by the number of times a day that you have to take a measurement, and you will quickly see that you can save many minutes of time with this.
A correct readout, all the time: When you measure something with an analog measuring device, and you change the viewing angle on the device, it can happen that you come to a different result.
With digital tools, you always have a correct readout and there is no doubt about it.
The LCD screen will never lie, even when you change the viewing angle on the screen.
In some situations, you are working with several people which will make the readout even more difficult.
Everyone can read the value differently, depending on the angle of the eye or the speed at which it is measured.
With digital tools, the measurement will be the same by every person and from every angle.
Repeatability: with digital tools, you can repeat dimensions perfectly. Even if you cut a piece in a corner with a special size last year, you can recreate exactly the same piece today.
7 Inexpensive digital tools for accurate woodworking
Now that you realize that digital tools are worth choosing, it’s time to think about which tools you can make the switch from analog to digital for.
Below is a list that I have drawn up personally for my woodworking workshop and in which I have already replaced most of the devices from analog to digital.
Other devices are on my wish list, and I will be purchasing them soon.
This is a basic list of the most needed digital tools I use in my workshop. Once all items on this list have been bought, I can supplement them with other digital tools to make my work in the shop even faster and easier.
Let this list be a guide to use for your woodworking workshop.
The digital caliper is one of the most commonly used tools in my woodworking workshop. As I was already convinced of the benefits of digital tools, I chose the digital version over the analog caliper without hesitation when purchasing.
When you need to measure accurate dimensions for projects, the digital caliper is an ideal and reliable tool.
With a caliper, you measure the inside, outside, and depth of your workpiece.
Because a digital caliper in a woodworking workshop mainly comes into contact with dust, it is best to choose this model.
In addition to being dustproof, it is also water and oil-resistant.
Digital angle ruler
The digital angle ruler consists of 2 straight pieces that are connected on the end and are hinged. These pieces can rotate 360 degrees.
This allows you to use the digital angle ruler to stake out any angle you need for your project.
Rectangles, hexagons, and many other shapes are no problem at all to make on the table saw with this digital angle ruler.
Since I got used to using this easy-to-read, digital tool with the table saw, I can’t do without it.
But there are more possibilities than just using this digital angle ruler on the table saw. For example, adjusting the angle of a drill press or a band saw becomes a piece of cake.
Hand Plane Digital Depth Gauge
If you are working with a hand plane you will undoubtedly adjust it by turning it over and looking visually along the bed to check the cutting depth and alignment of the blade.
Once you think you have set the correct depth you will have to make test cuts followed by a whole series of micro-adjustments.
With this digital depth gauge, that guesswork and the many minutes it takes to set the blade to the correct depth are a thing of the past.
Using this digital depth gauge, precise plane iron settings are a piece of cake.
To set the depth, place the digital depth gauge over the blade and then adjust the blade to the desired settings.
You can also fine-tune lateral changes with this digital depth gauge.
To do this, place the digital depth gauge on one side of the plane, adjust it if necessary, and repeat on the other side.
This gauge features strong magnets that hold the digital depth gauge on the flat bottom while checking the depth of cut and parallelism.
Digital Angle Finder
With this digital protractor you can put your table saw, band saw or miter saw in the right angle easily.
The digital protractor is very user-friendly and very accurate.
It is magnetic at the bottom, making it easy to stick to your saw blade or any other metal surface.
Just set the perfect angle by reading the degrees on the LCD screen, and you’re done.
If you have a digital tool like this, you will never have to doubt its accuracy again, and you will not be afraid to reset your device again and again.
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Digital Height Gauge
If you want to set up a router and/or a table saw blade, this digital height gauge is a very useful tool to have in your woodworking workshop.
With this digital height gauge, you can measure very precisely how far or how high your saw blade or router protrudes above the worktop.
This measuring instrument has an accuracy of 0.1 mm, so you always get an excellent end result.
This digital height gauge is equipped with a ruler. A pin is attached to the ruler. With this pin, you can easily measure in narrow grooves.
Measuring with this digital height gauge is super easy. Place the digital height gauge on the surface of the device.
You calibrate the pin or ruler by pressing the on/off button, then you slide the ruler until it touches the top of the saw blade or router bit.
The difference appears on the display.
The display shows the measure in millimeters, inches, or fractions.
Saw Fence Digital Readout
The table saw … the most commonly used power tool in the woodworking workshop and usually the centerpiece of the shop.
The table saw is used for almost every project.
Actually, you should keep up how many times a day the fence is set.
You would be shocked to see how many times this happens.
When you set up your fence, This is always accompanied by precision measurement work, because you want your workpiece to be perfectly tailored. But that takes time, a lot of time.
Imagine having this digital meter on your table saw, how much time would you save by being able to set just the size you need in one movement?
Of all the digital tools discussed here, this is the most expensive device.
However, because the table saw is used so often, and you can save minutes with this digital meter every time you have to set it up, this is perhaps the most profitable tool to buy.
I don’t have it myself yet, because I’m considering switching to a new table saw, but once I buy that new table saw, this digital meter will be bought at the same time for sure.
To know when the wood is dry enough to use for your woodworking projects, use a moisture meter. It is therefore recommended having a quality moisture meter in your woodworking workshop.
With that moisture meter, it is best to always check the wood for moisture levels before you start using the wood.
After all, you don’t want the wood to crack after you build something with it, don’t you?
If you want to know more about drying wood, you can learn all about it in the blog 4 Correct ways to dry lumber (fast) | Complete wood drying guide.
Be sure to check out that blog before you build something with wood!
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This was my top 7 recommended digital tools for woodworking.
Does this mean that this is the perfect top 7?
It is for me, but you may have other needs.
So adjust this list to the digital tools you need for your woodworking workshop. You can use this blog as a guide and edit it until you have the perfect top 7 recommended woodworking digital tools for your workshop.
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