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.