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Misc. Shop Stuff #47: Stanley Clapboard Gauge

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 08-30-2014 08:31 PM 2210 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 46: Quick Look: Stanley S4 Part 47 of Misc. Shop Stuff series Part 48: Markwell DP2 Diamond Point Stapler »

Yep, had siding to replace on the house, prior to painting, and used this tool:

I’m going to go way out on a limb and suggest I’m the first in my town to use one of these in the last 70+ years…

Tools that work. Maybe I should do a review here on LJs.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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theoldfart

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#1 posted 08-30-2014 08:42 PM

Now if you just get the first course straight and level you got it licked! Cool tool and pics Smitty. Keep ‘em coming.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Handtooler

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#2 posted 08-30-2014 08:44 PM

I saw one in use in 1946 after the war when home construction was really taking leaps forward. Also plumb bob and fancy wooden level. The guy hand sawed each piece for fitting using a saw bench on site. Gosh those were the years of education for me outside of the school work.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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Don W

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#3 posted 08-30-2014 09:51 PM

you may have started a comeback!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#4 posted 08-30-2014 10:14 PM

Smitty what’s it do?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 08-30-2014 11:36 PM

Ensures consistent reveal from one row of sidi g to the one above and below (in my case).

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 08-31-2014 02:07 AM

Great inovation in tools,er , rediscovery.. sort of tool the vynle, sheep dip, can’t spell that one, guys put on my house 30 plus years ago..did learn about putting the 7 1/2 circ blade in backwards though..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 08-31-2014 03:30 AM

Actually holds the clapboard in place, too. Pretty cool.

House is 115 years old, and some of the wood on the south-facing side has given up. I have salvage siding to use as replacement, but did have redwood drip cap made custom because it’s no longer available.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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gdpifer

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#8 posted 08-31-2014 01:42 PM

I never saw such a tool but made a homemade guide to accomplish the same thing when put used clapboard on the workshop I built. A tool such as that would have been nice.

-- Garry, Kentucky

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 08-31-2014 04:31 PM

Garry, my pine ‘guide’ was thrown out in a recent shop purge. Thought about it, re-thought it, then reminded myself there were a couple of gauges in my cabinet for doing the job.
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This works much better than the ‘story stick’ ever did.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#10 posted 08-31-2014 06:35 PM

SW too, never would have known what that was.

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Freakazoid

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#11 posted 09-01-2014 02:12 AM

Great post Smitty. I did some siding work on my house a few years ago and could have really used something like this. I had found some newer stuff that does the same thing but just stuck with the tape measure and eyeball, didn’t want to spend the money on plastic. Seeing these though, I think I will pick a couple up, I know that I will have to do more siding work…

-- I can complicate anything

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#12 posted 09-01-2014 10:54 PM

The first one, in your town, to use that type of tool in 70 years…. :-)

Not only having the ability to identify this obscure tool but also puting it to use… so very typical of you.

Thank you Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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