LumberJocks

Oak and Brass Level

  • Advertise with us
Project by Luke posted 1898 days ago 1539 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Oak and Brass Level
Oak and Brass Level No picture No picture No picture No picture No picture
Zoom Pictures

I made three of these torpedos for myself, father and brother. They are very accurate and should last a very long time. Wax Finish. I took apart cheap levels that I bought just for this purpose and reused the indicators. They are so cheap it almost made no sense to go and order the little bubbles from somewhere. I just broke them apart and slipped them out. If you don’t know how to level a level… you just put it up against something, mark the bubble location flip it over to the other side and make sure that it’s the same location. I bedded them in clear silicone and leveled them after inserting, as it would still move some before it dried but not enough to cause it to get out of whack. The brass is from a door plate. The kind you can get at home depot or similar. I just cut it to size on the scroll and sanded smooth. A coat of clear poly or something would seal it I suppose but I opted to let it patina. The hole(for the bubble level) looks off center in the right side of the picture but for some reason the plans called for that? In hind sight I would drill them in the center of the hole….. I did change the plans up quite a bit with all the improvising but it seemed logical.

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com





9 comments so far

View GaryK's profile

GaryK

10262 posts in 2594 days


#1 posted 1898 days ago

Very nice.

One of those is on my list of things to make.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View lew's profile

lew

9958 posts in 2361 days


#2 posted 1898 days ago

These turned out really Nice!

I have often wondered how you would set the level vial into the level body.

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

View sikrap's profile

sikrap

990 posts in 1965 days


#3 posted 1898 days ago

Nice job!! If you want to send me one, I’d be happy to field test it for you :)

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

112002 posts in 2183 days


#4 posted 1898 days ago

It’s cool to make your own tools good job

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View ChuckM's profile

ChuckM

496 posts in 2272 days


#5 posted 1898 days ago

If you are interested in making one of these, find the article and plan in WOOD May 2004 Issue 155. Tip: you can buy small tube levels (vials) at dollar stores and use them instead of buying the level kit from www.schsons.com. Will save you about $15 US.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

View Luke's profile

Luke

537 posts in 1899 days


#6 posted 1898 days ago

Yes, exactly chuck, thats what I’m talking about. That’s even better than getting them out of the crappy levels at wall mart or w/e. I don’t EVER go to the dollar stores. I despise them. I’m not sure why. I would go in there to get the levels though. That is the plan that I used to make mine. Thanks for looking that up.

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

View jockmike2's profile

jockmike2

10635 posts in 2852 days


#7 posted 1897 days ago

cool idea, nice job making them.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

View Edward E Nock II's profile

Edward E Nock II

90 posts in 2750 days


#8 posted 1897 days ago

Skywalker…....I like your Torpedo Level. I have three sons & one brother-in-law,& each Christmas I make a tool for them. The Tropedo Level was one I made several years ago. The only problem I had was to maintain a level & vertical surfaces. They turned out great. Yours look fantasatic. it’s great to make something useful.

Great work.

ED

-- ED NOCK

View Ken90712's profile

Ken90712

14848 posts in 1794 days


#9 posted 1151 days ago

Very cool idea! Might have to do this!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase