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Blog entry by mafe posted 09-20-2010 12:26 AM 11581 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Or just a old English set square and bevel gauge, becoming a transformer!

The story is that I bought this wonderful vintage English engineers tool:
And of course I had to go crazy on it!

So I cut a steel ruler into 8 cm of length, why 8? Because I wanted to be able to make 1:8 dovetails…
And since there were a spur, I made a hole, and then it can also go sideways (even I have to count down from 5,5 if I go from the set square). I also gave it some new nuts.

Then I made a little bandit! Yes I’m lazy, so I took a piece of Plexiglas and marked out the dovetails from 1:5 to 1:8, so they are all there (on the right side of the bandit). Since I now had this ‘gauge’, I added 0 – 90 degree also, just for rough layouts, but more important 45 degrees or mitre (I think you call it that).
And of course a nice little brass nut, so there are something to grab, when it’s flat on the table.

So now it’s easy to set the angels for dovetails, mitre or rough degrees, and to measure for the depth of the dovetails also. (And yes Div, I will make some dovetails it’s part of the reason I bought this old tool).

Here it is, ready to stick in the pocket (even with the bandit), after my little transformation.

I hope it can be to some inspiration, I was thinking others could use the Plexiglas idea for a normal bevel gauge.

Best of thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-20-2010 01:41 AM

This is the first time I see such tool. And I saw a lot. I never thought it could exist. It’s almost confusing.

Not a tool to be used after drinking a bottle of red wine, right?

Thanks for showing Mads.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 03:36 AM

You need to go to work for a tool manufacturer helping to design new tools. You have some real creative and interesting solutions to common problems. This is rather ingenious.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 09-20-2010 06:01 AM

Very cool tool! Never seen one with the combo. Nice addition you made to it.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 09-20-2010 06:14 AM

Clever. Very clever.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 09-20-2010 07:19 AM

My Smile is filled up.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 09-20-2010 08:58 AM

Ingenious design… another tool that I could certainly use now and then…

I agree with docholladay you need to be on the payroll of BAHCO or the Dansk equivalent.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#7 posted 09-20-2010 01:28 PM

you are deffently both crazy and engenius Mad Mads :-) I realy hope you did take the patent before

you have just brought new life to an old ainsius toolcompagny don´t you think so…lol

this most be one of those a real man most have but didn´t realise befoer he see it….lol

thank´s for sharing you not so old toolaholic

take care

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#8 posted 09-20-2010 02:29 PM

That is quite ingenious, Mads. You have done an excellent job on designing and making that tool and my hat is off to you for doing such an excellent job and presenting it quite well on your blog as well. You are a very creative man.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 09-20-2010 10:05 PM

Ha,ha! When I first read the title, I thought it was a long Danish word.

No wonder you are the President! I’m impressed Mads, well done.

What an amazing old tool you started with. Never seen anything like it.

Well, now you will have to do the dovetails. It is public knowledge now!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#10 posted 09-21-2010 01:46 AM

Hi guys,
I had made a answer for this, but I must have forgotten to press the post…
So I’ll go backwards then!
Div my brother, finally someone remarked that strange word I gave the post! Yes it’s really a wonderful old tool, I fell in love right away (do not tell Caroline)! Yes I know, I have bound my own hands to those dovetails… So perhaps I’ll make some on the tool box, if I ever get to there (even it’s pine), and if I ever stop to keep on making new tools, instead of using them…
Helluvawreck, thank you! A lot!
Dennis, you got a point! Toolaholic I mean, that hurts (the truth do)... Yes, and now we will see if I will ever use this, or simply remove all my visdom again, and use it as it was thought… Laugh.
Rick, if you know some one, give them my number, I would love to do that on a freelance basis. (I’ll ship your stuff tomorrow, sorry I have been buisy making tools).
Jamie, that’s the best you can tell me, I love to make people smile!
Swirt, and so are you! ;-)
Erwin, I had never seen one eighter, so I’m very happy to have this little fellow now, and I think he will be a wonderful dovetail friend (Do not mention the war!).
Docholladay, who do you think wins? Are there also points for the most interesting tools (I think of your slogan) And you are also welcome to hook me up with some tool producers.
Serge, I promise no drinking when dovetailing! (Now that word came back again).
Thank you all, I look at the sky and realize it’s night (01.45) so goodnight,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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