Oak and Brass Level

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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,

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#1 posted 05-21-2009 10:00 PM

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

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#2 posted 05-21-2009 11:00 PM

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.

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#3 posted 05-22-2009 12:08 AM

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

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 05-22-2009 12:37 AM

It’s cool to make your own tools good job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 05-22-2009 12:47 AM

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 Will save you about $15 US.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#6 posted 05-22-2009 12:57 AM

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,

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#7 posted 05-22-2009 06:00 PM

cool idea, nice job making them.

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

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#8 posted 05-23-2009 01:45 AM

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.



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#9 posted 06-07-2011 07:11 PM

Very cool idea! Might have to do this!

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

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