Layout Swap Dividers and Sliding Bevel

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Project by Airframer posted 162 days ago 2267 views 34 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my pair of items for the latest Layout Tool Swap for LJ user RickM.

The dividers are my second attempt at making those and these were hard to let go of. They came out a lot better than my first pair.. so much so I am tempted to try a third time for myself. They are made from Maple and Walnut with brass hardware.

After making those I was at HD and ran across a very nice piece of flamed maple hiding in the maple stack and had to do something with it. I decided a sliding bevel would pair nicely with the layout dividers and whipped this up in a couple days. I patterned it after my Stanley bevel including the flush fit adjustment lever. It operates with just a thumb and lays flat on both sides. The adjustment nut is made from a wing nut with one wing cut off and some persuading in a vise to get it flat.

I had fun making these and hope their new owner finds them useful around the shop!

-- Eric -

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#1 posted 162 days ago

These tools couldn’t help but make layout more precise and classy too!:-) Beautifully done!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 162 days ago

Super nice Eric.

Both are spectacular. Have you done a blog on those dividers? Is there a tutorial somewhere.

-- - Terry

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#3 posted 162 days ago

I blogged about my first pair here if I make another set I’ll try to remember to go more into detail and take more pics.

-- Eric -

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#4 posted 162 days ago

Another nice set.

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#5 posted 162 days ago

Whoa, those are amazing. Great work.

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#6 posted 162 days ago

Simply incredible Eric! How did you cut the brass bevel blade?

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

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#7 posted 162 days ago

Awesome, Eric! If you make another pair of dividers, I’ll trade ya some cash for ‘em!

Very impressive work.

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

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#8 posted 162 days ago

Fantastic job. The dividers are just plain crazy. You found the perfect wood for the bevel gage. Really looks sharp along side the brass and the thumb lock is slick.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 162 days ago

Those are great. I agree the maple on the bevel gauge looks very nice and the contrasting woods on the dividers does too.

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#10 posted 162 days ago

Fantastic set of layout tools, great work. Those dividers are out of this world.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#11 posted 162 days ago

These are really impressive. Beautiful work.

-- - Billy

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#12 posted 162 days ago

Beautiful tools—truly outstanding design and build.

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

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#13 posted 161 days ago

Masterfully done ! Very impressive and beautiful

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#14 posted 161 days ago

As the recipient I will say that no photo truly does justice to these beautiful tools. The finish is flawless, the brass polished brilliantly, and the action on both is very smooth. You can’t buy tools anywhere this nice. And I wondered how you made that thumb lever, now I know.

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

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#15 posted 161 days ago

Awesome nice job!

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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