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Project by Airframer posted 10-28-2013 03:16 AM 2286 views 16 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple but useful little tool I made today after learning what it did this morning lol.

This is used to check the diagonals on a box, chest or cabinet when measuring for square. Made from some red oak scraps the ends are tapered at 45 degrees to get into the corners and I used a copper pipe and a couple of pipe fittings and threaded rod for set screws.

Took all of a few hours and this should get a lot of use going forward.

Thanks for looking.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"





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CL810

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#1 posted 10-28-2013 03:23 AM

Eric’s back in the shop and good things are happening!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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Airframer

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#2 posted 10-28-2013 03:29 AM

Thanks Clayton. Shop time is still very, very limited but I am trying to squeeze in as much as I can lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#3 posted 10-28-2013 03:51 AM

These story sticks are great….before I obtained the bosch laser measure, I had made a set of them with dowels and copper pipe ferules that I could add to gether and measure lengths for cornice moulding myself…. made some attachments for the ends so I could use them like the starrett tread gauges to scribe out window sills in r2000 houses. also used them for inset countertops (with a double set of them)

I used the veritas story stickslides. But in the truck, the knobs vibrate loose, so make sure you clamp em tight The old timers could lay out a whole kitchen with story sticks. These things can turn a “fit to space” project into simple childs play , saving time and materials, etc.

great tool!

Eric in Calgary

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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Airframer

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#4 posted 10-28-2013 04:04 AM

Thanks Eric. I can’t believe I hadn’t made one of these till now. Such a simple tool that is very useful.

I updated the post with a pic of it in use to give an idea of what it is used for.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#5 posted 10-28-2013 04:10 AM

Looks handy!

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#6 posted 10-28-2013 04:20 AM

I really like this idea. A must build for mea

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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realcowtown_eric

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#7 posted 10-28-2013 07:54 AM

The story sticks ain’t my idea folks….they been around for eons. You just can’t buy em at the borgs….

You don’t really have to have fancy clips either….just take two thin strips of wood, and make hatch marks to show where they line up (don’t forget to label them…eg 2 hatch marks…”front of countertop” and three hatch marks for “back of counter top” etc.

I got no love or passion for the tauntonian business ethic by Mario rodrigues has this link..
http://www.startwoodworking.com/post/using-story-sticks-build-furniture

Eric

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#8 posted 10-28-2013 01:32 PM

Very inventive solution for the set screws. Great to see you back at it, however limited it might be.

Thanks for taking the time to share it with us Eric.

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 10-28-2013 01:55 PM

Nice looking set of sticks, there, Eric! I like the copper and brass combo…gotta make a set of these!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#10 posted 10-28-2013 04:18 PM

That’s a handy idea.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Airframer

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#11 posted 10-28-2013 07:58 PM

Thanks guys! Now I just need to figure out how to fix things when the measurements are of lol.. grumble grumble..

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#12 posted 10-28-2013 09:48 PM

Eric nice post. (small voice in the back of your head) Remember the diagonals Eric!

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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