In early April, I took a trip to the headquarters of Starrett to learn more about the company that makes some of the best layout tools a woodworker can hope to own. Starrett also designs and manufacturers many other tools for different industries, and operates factories and distribution centers all over the world. But woodworkers are probably most familiar with Starrett straightedges, squares, calipers, micrometers and other layout tools.
One of the first things you learn about woodworking is that many tools aren’t that useful by themselves. To get the most from a tool, you need to amplify its capabilities with different jigs and accessories. That’s why a router needs an edge guide and a tablesaw needs a dado cutter and a tenoning jig.