When working on projects, proper measurement can be one of the most enigmatic and frustrating skills to master. Mistakes can be time-consuming and costly, especially when removing material. Makers often learn the hard way how to measure properly. As they say, good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.

Here are some helpful pointers to make sure you measure correctly, and use the right tool for the job.

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Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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