|Review by itsme_timd||posted 03-06-2008 05:59 AM||5436 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I saw this gadget at Sawdust2’s and had to have one. I’d been looking for ‘something’ to make large arcs with – compass, oil drum, truck rim – and when I saw this I figured it was the best choice. You can buy it online at Rockler, or Woodcraft – both sell for $19.99.
The M.Power Tri.Scribe
These are great little items, very versatile. They attach to any flat ruler, square, etc. and can be used to make arcs/circles, straight lines, 2 parallel lines or scribe marks. It’s quick to move them from a 12” rule to a 36”, one of the downfalls I saw in the larger compasses was just that – they are large and not well suited to smaller jobs.
To use them, simply attach one piece and align the point or pencil to your zero mark. The other half is attached (or not) based on your application, I made a few simple marks with this one on a couple tools to show what it can do.
Simple and straight forward – set your center point, measure your radius and scribe your arc or circle. I needed to plug a hole in my workbench and used this to swing out a 3 1/2” circle to do just that.
STRAIGHT LINE – DRAWN OR SCRIBED
Simple again just make your mark on your workpiece, attach one half of the Tri Scribe and adjust your pencil point, the same premise applies (of course) if you want to scribe a line – just use the scribe point as opposed to the pencil.
PARALLEL LINES – DRAWN OR SCRIBED
Just like the straight line but with 2 pencils or scribes, great for marking out mortises or other parallelish things on your workpiece.
The points can be a little tricky to adjust sometimes. The set screw will either be too tight on the scribe point or fall out. That may actually work itself out a bit with use. Not a big con but figured I’d toss it in here.
This is a great addition to any woodworker’s arsenal. It’s fairly cheap and very versatile, a great purchase in my opinion.
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