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Where has this thing been my entire woodworking career?

Where has this thing been my entire woodworking career?

01-12-2015 08:06 PM by paxorion | 5 comments »

The recent announcement of the Wood Peckers precision framing square sent me down a dangerous path of wondering where I can pull a few hundred bucks out of my budget for an impulse buy. After sanity checking myself, I decided that I need to bring myself back to reality and ask if there was an alternative to consider. Enter the Veritas Square Fence. If a framing square were Tom Cruise, it would say “you complete me” to this Veritas innovation. I spotted this innovation in the...

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Another Great Woodpecker Product

Another Great Woodpecker Product

01-11-2015 01:12 AM by scarpenter002 | 6 comments »

I purchased this set of squares of few months ago, when it was on sale as part of their weekly specials sent to their Eclub members. The set arrives in custom MDF case. I will not be utilizing the case, as I have custom brackets made to hold these. These are made of thick Aluminum, making them sturdy, yet light weight. There are measurements on both the inside and outside of the blade. The inside measurements start at the notch of the square, allowing easy measurement on projects. A c...

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A lifesaver for installing hinges, hooks, anything that requires a centered hole

A lifesaver for installing hinges, hooks, anything that requires a centered hole

01-04-2015 07:14 PM by CharlesA | 8 comments »

Okay, for some of you this tool may be unnecessary. But whenever I have installed hinges, coat hooks, or anything else that requires a centered hole, I always seem to be just a hair off. I would carefully mark with a pencil, then use a punch to mark the hole, drill it carefully, and voila, I’d end up with screws that were almost centered . . . every time. Christopher Schwarz recommended this Starrett Punch, but I balked at the price tag. But I tried it, and I am glad I did. A bu...

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Mechanical Drafting Pencil: 2.0 mm

Mechanical Drafting Pencil: 2.0 mm

12-14-2014 10:47 PM by TravisH | 4 comments »

I have mainly used whatever pencils left over from the kid’s school supplies but have wanted to try out a mechanical drafting pencil (2.0 mm) but most I have come across were sort of costly and/or also needed to be shipped. I came across this pencil while doing my normal sweep at the store. It was under 5 bucks so put it cheaper than anything else I have come across. I liked the fact it was hexagonal to avoid rolling off the work bench as the clip will be removed (as I find them a...

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More Accurate & Quicker

More Accurate & Quicker

03-06-2014 05:15 PM by OSU55 | 4 comments »

Traditionalists will roll their eyes and mumble bad words seeing a marking gauge with a battery. While not as attractive as the wood and brass version, this tool is more accurate and quicker than the old standard. It is well made and robust (unless dropped on the floor which could break the digital gauge). Made of steel it won’t warp or change with temperature, humidity, and age. The real benefit is having the linear gauge included so the distance does not have to be set using a ruler o...

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Absolutely the Most Useful, Inexpensive Marking Tool...

Absolutely the Most Useful, Inexpensive Marking Tool...

02-06-2014 04:37 PM by DeLayne Peck | 14 comments »

What is it? Ordinary old sticks of school chalk. I use it constantly all over my shop and on project-after-project. Chalk cuts down the chaos, bungling, confusion, memory lapses, searching, waste and mistakes that haunt every shop. My shop for sure. Here are some of my routine uses: Noting the arrival dates of lumber for drying and acclimation. Planning and marking the intended use of and dimensions of new lumber. Laying out initial cuts and dimensions on sheet goods. Noting dimensi...

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Now anyone can do professional dovetails by hand

Now anyone can do professional dovetails by hand

02-04-2014 05:47 AM by DKV | 14 comments »

My first attempt at using the Veritas guide. I could have filled in some of the chips with sawdust and glue but figured since I’m just practicing I’ll let it go. Here’s what I found/prefer. I like to use the guide to about 3/4 the cut, remove the guide and finish using the cut slot only. That way I can better see the line to stop at. Let the saw do the work and add no pressure. I only used sharp pencil marks, cut inside the line of the waste side and made sure the fit was tight. I pared accor...

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Only reason not 5 stars - not made out of gold and diamonds

Only reason not 5 stars - not made out of gold and diamonds

10-12-2013 10:08 PM by ColonelTravis | 8 comments »

But then who the hell would use it, the Queen of England? Got this on sale at Woodcraft, it’s a fine tool. 4.5 stars, easy. Good - Doesn’t roll off the table because the brass tightener stops it like a kickstand. That’s a big plus. Even the ones with a flat edge can still roll if there’s enough momentum. The only way this thing will hit the ground is if you fling it off with something by accident. Really like the addition of the wood, makes it a lot more comfortable...

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First New Marking Tools / Love Them

First New Marking Tools / Love Them

09-07-2013 09:42 PM by 69BBNova | 4 comments »

I ordered these from The Best Things Thursday, they arrived today (Saturday) well packed, no damage… Except for my vintage Stanley No. 98 these are the only woodworking only marking tools I own that are really quality as I expected (hoped)... They have a nice heft to them which is good because I have always like knowing they are in my hand. Light tools never feel right to me… They have a nice balance to them, I don’t know any other way to describe it they just felt ...

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Rockler Pencil Set

Rockler Pencil Set

08-29-2013 02:20 AM by C_PLUS_Woodworker | 10 comments »

I am not trying to fuel the never-ending debate on marking devices…...pencils, marking knives, scalpels, etc But, I ordered 3 of these Rockler Lead Holders……Rockler calls them “Cabinet Maker Pencil Sets….. and I really like them I am now down to using just two marking devices (not including marking gauges)….just pencil-type stuff. I either use these Rockler Lead Holders…..or I use the pocket knife with the disposable blade…..and then I can go as light or as deep as I want an...

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