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Blog entry by degoose posted 06-02-2009 10:44 AM 3802 reads 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am not really sure if this should go in tool review but as I am not really reviewing it.. here in blogs it goes.
This little beauty is a digital angle finder.. I know you all have one in your workshop but for many years I have been guessing and using all manner of devices to make angles other the 90 and 45.
Set It on the surface you want to reference from..ie the table saw top and turn it on and zero it.

Place it on the blade and wind to the desired angle.. it has 3 little magnets to hold it to the blade..in this case 60 to make the bevel cuts for the endgrain tumbling blocks patterned butcher block that is the subject of another blog, coming soon to the theatre near you, LOL David.

Batteries included.. actually 2 ion batteries. one for the gismo and one spare?. not usual here for this type of thing!
This will sure make life a little easier and who doesn’t like easier?
PS.. Alistair could you turn me one up on your magic machine..and ask A1Jim to help?

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...



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ellen35

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#1 posted 06-02-2009 12:39 PM

I have a Wixley that looks surprisingly like yours. It was one of the first things I bought, It is one of the most useful tools I have as I never trust the saws or my squares completely when trying to get a certain angle. Mine was ~$35…money well spent!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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FlWoodRat

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#2 posted 06-02-2009 12:42 PM

DeGoose.

Good review. One question. What does the yellow warning lable say?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 06-02-2009 01:04 PM

Larry, I have to agree with you about the usefulness of this tool. Like, Ellen, I have the Wixey model as well. It is a wonderful tool that I use to tune up my saws and set angle cuts. But I have to admit that occasionally I still check on it with my try squares, especially when it comes to checking for 90s. Just too much old school in me, I guess.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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degoose

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#4 posted 06-02-2009 01:08 PM

A. Warning .. Danger Will Robinson Danger

B. Do not us under the affluence of incahol..

C. Seriously standard warning to disconnect power from eqipment when using guage.

You pick the correct answer.

Ellen It appears they are similar and the wixey is cheaper in the states. More expensive to import than to buy here!

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Splinterman

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#5 posted 06-02-2009 01:31 PM

Hey mate, you will find lots of different uses for this little gem…...saves time and timber.

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patron

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#6 posted 06-02-2009 02:07 PM

thanks for the info ,
i’ve stayed away from digital ( to confusing so far to me ) .
if it reads real angles , however ….
got to get one .
thanks .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 06-02-2009 02:45 PM

Aren’t you guys on the metric system? Are those Australian degrees? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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poroskywood

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#8 posted 06-02-2009 03:09 PM

Degoose, What angle is the inspirational chair set at? Also you could use this to check your Blood Alcohol Content, more than 10 degrees you should probably just hang out in the chair.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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lew

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#9 posted 06-02-2009 05:57 PM

These things are so handy!!

Check the band saw table to blade, Check the jointer table to fence, Check the drill press table- if you use a piece of steel/iron round stock in place of a drill bit and probably many more!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Karson

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#10 posted 06-02-2009 06:19 PM

I love mine, Now if I could just find it. Cluttered shop, you know.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#11 posted 06-02-2009 06:26 PM

Thanks Larry
I’ve had one for a year plus works great.

Come on David You know you can eye ball down to .00000024 you’ve been doing this so long. LOL

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Kent Shepherd

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#12 posted 06-02-2009 06:50 PM

We have sold a lot of the Wixey version. Nothing but positive comments from guys.
Thanks for the review

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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pommy

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#13 posted 06-02-2009 09:19 PM

Hi Larry

I seen these little beautys around and i think i should get one my saw blade is always out lol….......

Andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#14 posted 06-03-2009 02:11 AM

I just got the “Dixie” “Level Box” from PeachTree….it was missing one of the batteries , and the belt clip as described on their site . Also the magnets are so weak that they barely picked up the staples that were used to hold the package together . : (

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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degoose

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#15 posted 06-03-2009 02:16 AM

The one I bought was ‘Made’ for Carba-tec. 2 batteries and strong magnets.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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