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Maybe round isn't such a good idea...

Maybe round isn't such a good idea...

939 days ago by DylanC | 11 comments »

I just got this (for myself) for Christmas. Took it out of the package, took it to the shop, set it on the bench, turned away for something or other, and it rolled off the bench straight to the floor. Dinged up the marking wheel pretty good. It still makes a mark, but not as crisp as it should be. It’s my own fault for dropping it, but I’m thinking that the best designed tools shouldn’t roll, and that the brass body on this thing should have six or eight sides. It would...

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Good value, but probably not the last block plane you will ever buy.

Good value, but probably not the last block plane you will ever buy.

1002 days ago by DylanC | 4 comments »

From the Stanley Website: Ideal for planing end grain and plastic materials 12-920 block plane has a fully adjustable cutter resting at 21° Gray, cast-iron base with precision-ground sides and bottom Finger grips machined into sides make single-handed use easy Hardened, tempered steel gives precision-ground cutter edge durability Cutter adjusts for depth and alignment, offering precise control Durable epoxy coating for long-lasting protection Quick-release cam-lock m...

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6" and 12" Combination Squares

6" and 12" Combination Squares

1013 days ago by DylanC | 4 comments »

Bought both for less than $20 at a local big-box store. Both checked out as square at full extension when I “showed the line to the square”. Also, both have cast steel heads and stainless rulers. The 12” has deep engravings and the 6” is etched. Both have scratch awls stored in the heads, also.

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Close Enough for Woodworking

Close Enough for Woodworking

1013 days ago by DylanC | 7 comments »

I picked this up at a local Woodcraft (Item #148454) for ~$32. Got it mostly to speed up set-ups on the router and table saw. As soon as I got it, I measured each block with my digital caliper. Each block measured within half a thousandth of spec, except for the 1/2” and the 1-2-3 block. The half inch block measures 0.502” by 0.506” and the 3” side of the 1-2-3 measures a few thousandths over, also. Maybe that’s too much for high precision machining, but it&...

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Great Value

Great Value

1014 days ago by DylanC | 5 comments »

I picked up this digital caliper for around $30 at a local Rockler. So far I couldn’t be happier. I compared it to a $100+ Mitutoyo at work and they were within a half a thousandth at full scale (5-6 inches). It also has a larger battery, so I’m hoping that it will last longer than the smaller watch battery types. Whats in the box: 6” digital caliper, case, 2 batteries (one installed, one spare). http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=24524

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