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Project by CJay posted 02-21-2011 05:19 PM 8290 views 28 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Making tools started out as an exercise in saving money, but i’ve got to confess i really got into it. i’ve been inspired by projects like Loogie's Cutting Gauge, tools like this arn’t just cheeper or more fun to make, they’re better than most that you’ll be able to buy.

Plans are being concocted for a radius inlay cutter, along with some wooden hollowing planes.

But anyhoo, Here we have a cam opperated marking gauge (just twist to lock), a trammel for drawing circles up to about 300mm radius, a wooden hammer that was ment for adjusting my little victor plane but it’s mostly used for setting stringing and inlay, and a purfling cutter to cut along curves for inlay work.

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - -

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 05:30 PM

Those are great looking tools. Nice job.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 05:32 PM

Very nice, they look to be very exact and well made, your point about the quality of tools available (with the exception of the very high priced ones) is very valid in my mind, I have mostly poor quality tools to work with, and have to compensate, adjust, tweak, shim, double check, and well, you know, use a lot of craftiness to make up for their inadequacies, Your tools are great looking and I am sure add a touch of class and expertise to your work, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 06:05 PM

Some Cool Tools !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 06:05 PM

Very nice! I love making tools too. Definitely cheaper and more fun and better quality.

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 06:07 PM

Wonderfull tools, well made.
I am also taking this travel now, and yes, it is hard to stop but why should we…
Best thoughts,

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

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#6 posted 02-21-2011 06:08 PM

Nice tools, I do the same thing I make all my own jigs and stuff. Make its easier to make adjustments to tools as your making them then tweaking tools to make them right.

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#7 posted 02-21-2011 06:10 PM

Very nicely made tools! With fine tools like that you must be turning out well crafted projects.
Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 02-21-2011 06:35 PM

I couldn’t agree more. Make your own. Nice job btw.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 02-21-2011 06:48 PM

great looking tools and nearly nothing is better than using homemade tools

thank´s for sharing
looking forward to see the plans you brewing on :-)

take care

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#10 posted 02-22-2011 12:27 AM

I’m a homemade tool lover, these are very nice

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#11 posted 02-22-2011 08:17 AM

Great stuff! I think I have been inspired. The jigsaw blade is ingenious! Thanks for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#12 posted 02-18-2012 03:00 AM

I like homemade tools too. I made a circle trammel out of some exotic jungle tree once and a router trammel as well as a few other tools myself. Mine didn’t look as nice as yours though; I build machines out of wood and don’t strive so much for esthetics.
I tried woodworking a couple of times and my results are posted here: and here:
Let me know how you think I’m doing.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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