There is a really nice Inductance/Capacitance Meter available from aade (Almost All Digital Electronics).
This is the AADE L/C Meter IIB.

It comes as a kit and takes a couple of hours to build.  When you are finished, you have a nice tool (rather than the kludge I had for capacitiance before) that can read .001 to 100 mHy (most units measure to 150 mHy), and .010 pF to 1 uF (most units measure to 1.5 uF).  It is auto-ranging, and has a one-button calibration feature.

AADE L/C IIB

AADE L/C IIB

First, a look at the Kludge I had for capacitor measurement before this:

Homebrew Capacitance Meter

Homebrew Capacitance Meter

This was built from an old ARRL Handbook Circuit.

Homebrew Capacitiance Meter

Homebrew Capacitiance Meter

This circuit worked OK, but required a VOM for the display, and a “reference” capacitor for calibrating on each session.
Now that I have the AADE meter, I can reuse the nice hardware from this box for future projects.

Now on with the AADE Build:
Here are the parts straight out of the bag:

AADE Parts

AADE Parts

First, I sorted the parts, so that they could be easily found.

Sorted Parts

Sorted Parts

Now, it was mainly a matter of identifying the correct parts and soldering them in.  I used a little rubbing alcohol on each joint to clean off the rosin flux from the solder as I went.

Parts installed

Parts installed

Then I just had to install into the provided case.  Here it is measuring a 0.35uf capacitor from my junk box…

0.35 uf capacitor measurement

0.35 uf capacitor measurement

I look forward to using this to measure toroids that go into the various receivers and transmitters that I build in the future.