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Project by Tinnocker posted 03-21-2011 12:06 PM 5494 views 30 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Fellow Lumber Jocks,
I was perusing a WW magazine and I came upon something similar to what I have made here. I call it a Magnascribe! It has a magnet from an old 5 1/4” hard drive I salvaged from one of my dumpster dives! The body is made from 1/2” birch plywood left over from my son’s magic table project and a piece of oak, (the pencil holder) from an entertainment center someone threw away. The hardware is salvaged from other stuff over the years. finished with mineral oil.
It works great with my steel framing squares! I found the plans for making the squares from another WW magazine (I don’t remember which one unfortunately) I can even use it on my combo square.
Thanks for looking,
Ted

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ 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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nobuckle

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#1 posted 03-21-2011 12:49 PM

That looks like a pretty handy way to mark something. I also like the modifications made to your squares. I am curious about the round thing on the end of the square, what is it?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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MasterSergeant

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#2 posted 03-21-2011 01:41 PM

Great idea, I think I have to borrow it ;-)

Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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Tinnocker

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#3 posted 03-21-2011 02:00 PM

Hey there nobuckle!
You know I never did a post on the squares. I found the article in the ShopNotes #78 magazine. If you want to make own I can email you the 2 pages from the magazine. The knob on the end of the square is to loosen the angled aluminum blade for laying out angles. Also there is a tab that slides out to help keep the end of the square from sliding off the board you are marking. Actually since a picture is worth a thousand words I’ll just scan the 2 pages and upload them here.

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ 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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docholladay

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#4 posted 03-21-2011 02:01 PM

Cool idea. I would think that you could possibly also use it for scribing trim and cabinets to fit to a wall when needed. I also like what you have done with your framing squares. How did you attach the wood to the squares?

Doc

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

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docholladay

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#5 posted 03-21-2011 02:04 PM

So it is sort of like converting a framing square into a combination of a big try square and a bevel square all in one. Very nice. I think that I remember seeing that in Shop Notes. I’ll have to go and dig out my old copies.

Thanks,

Doc

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

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Tinnocker

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#6 posted 03-21-2011 02:18 PM

Hi Doc,
I used 12 Gage copper wire epoxied into the steel square. I also made a scribe just for doing what you suggest and I also use for my carving.

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ 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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Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 03-21-2011 02:38 PM

It looks like it will come in handy. I never heard of a magnasribe. Great job. Thank you.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Tinnocker

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#8 posted 03-21-2011 02:56 PM

Dennis, that’s cause I made it up! This is my first published invention!

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ 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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drbyte

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#9 posted 03-21-2011 04:13 PM

Great scribe and squares! Very useful project.
In your first picture, what is the purpose of the right hand side wing-nut/bolt?

-- Dennis, WV

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Jimthecarver

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#10 posted 03-21-2011 05:34 PM

Those magnets are very strong…..suprisingly strong
Great invention thank you for sharing it.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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steliart

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#11 posted 03-21-2011 05:40 PM

excellent work on the magnasribe very cool design and very well made

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

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Tinnocker

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#12 posted 03-21-2011 06:02 PM

drbyte that is to release the magnet from the steel. Those Hard drive magnets are very strong and I had a tough time pulling it straight off.
Thank you for all the nice comments guys!

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ 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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swirt

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#13 posted 03-21-2011 06:05 PM

Great, I like it. Everytime I look at the first photo I think it looks like a frog. So if you wanted to go with a more eco name you could call it a framing frog.

I had something similar that I tried using but the problem was the lead always ran too short and lost contact by the time I got to the end of the board. Does yours have the same limitiation? Seems like a spring could be added to the far end to keep some positive pressure on the pencil if it did.

Very clever design Tinnocker.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Tinnocker

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#14 posted 04-01-2011 12:03 AM

Hey swirt, I took your advise and added a spring to the magnascribe and it works so much better!

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ 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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mafe

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#15 posted 04-01-2011 12:10 AM

Really cool, great idea.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

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

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