Maybe round isn't such a good idea...

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Review by DylanC posted 974 days ago 2421 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just got this (for myself) for Christmas. Took it out of the package, took it to the shop, set it on the bench, turned away for something or other, and it rolled off the bench straight to the floor. Dinged up the marking wheel pretty good. It still makes a mark, but not as crisp as it should be. It’s my own fault for dropping it, but I’m thinking that the best designed tools shouldn’t roll, and that the brass body on this thing should have six or eight sides. It would still work the same, but it wouldn’t roll….just what I need.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#1 posted 974 days ago

you just unknowingly broke your tool in. just in a different way

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#2 posted 974 days ago

Or like this one from Lee Valley

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#3 posted 974 days ago

Dylan, I have one of these also. I agree, round is not what I would think is better.

-- Life is good.

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#4 posted 974 days ago

This is exactly why I ground a flat on mine as soon as I took it out the packaging.
I agree that this is a poor design.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 974 days ago

I have a habit of putting mine into one of the dog holes in my bench.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#6 posted 974 days ago

Rob Cosman makes a marking wheel with a flat side machined into the wheel.

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#7 posted 973 days ago

Did you get it on sale with the free shipping as well ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 973 days ago

Thanks for the review.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 973 days ago

This is what happens when you buy (yourself) a Christmas present. I like the square light bulbs for the same reason…...........

-- mike...............

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#10 posted 973 days ago

Yup. Got one for Christmas myself (from my son, bless him), and it took five minutes before it rolled off the table. Didn’t break or dent or anything, but I’ll make sure to grind a flat (or two) on it as soon as I bring it into the workshop.

-- Bjørn Hell Larsen, Stavanger, Norway

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#11 posted 916 days ago

That is why God gave us files. Thanks for the tip, I’ll flatten an edge before it is too late!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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