Custom Brass Bound Levels - X-mas Presents!

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 240 days ago 1687 views 12 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine asked me to build a few custom made wooden levels for him. He had searched and searched for something for sale on the internet, but they are just not out there. I decided to make him a couple of brass bound levels, similar to the old Stanley #98 or Stratton Bros. levels. They are each 36” long, about 1 3/8” wide and 3 1/4” tall. They are quite hefty in the hand. Inlayed with 3/16” square brass rods along the lengths and 1/16” brass sheet cut to fit the ends and center bubble cover plate. The clear plastic bubbles are 1 9/16” long x 3/8” round. I don’t normally do much metal work so this was quite time consuming and a bit difficult for me, but I think they red out well. The woods are of course walnut, curly maple, and cherry. My friend loved them and will be keeping one for himself and gifting the other two to his father and father in law.

Thanks for looking an Merry Christmas to all!!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#1 posted 240 days ago


-- Robert in middle TN

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#2 posted 240 days ago

Really, really outstanding.

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#3 posted 240 days ago

Very Cool!!

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

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#4 posted 240 days ago

Great looking levels, with outstanding brass trim. I know what you mean about the metal work—it takes forever but it really adds to the finished product. Well done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 240 days ago

Great work RS. Favorited. Are the square rods set in epoxy?

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

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#6 posted 240 days ago

really cool, best looking levels I have seen!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#7 posted 240 days ago

Excellent workmanship!

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#8 posted 240 days ago

beautiful work and super presents!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 240 days ago

Thanks very much guys.
CL810, yes I used a 2 part epoxy with a 1 hour cure time to affix the brass, it was messy and time consuming, but it worked out well in the end and that brass isn’t going anywhere!


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#10 posted 240 days ago

Those are neat

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#12 posted 240 days ago

Awesome looking levels and the brass looks terrific. Nice wood combinations on each and finish.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#13 posted 240 days ago

Dude! Wow…

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#14 posted 240 days ago

Let me “level” with you by saying those are really finely crafted. Well done….and thanks for sharing

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#15 posted 240 days ago

What a great idea for a gift. You did yourself proud. Beautiful.

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