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AccuScribe Pro - compass, offset marker, scribe...

AccuScribe Pro - compass, offset marker, scribe...

05-26-2008 06:44 AM by dmann | 4 comments »

I won this in a promo pack of FastCap and Proxxon goodies at my local Woodcraft grand opening. If I knew how useful this tool was I would have bought one a long time ago. The first thing I used this for was the obvious use – drawing circles. No surprises here, its the $0.99 compass I used in grade school … on steroids. The AccuScribe has multiple joints so the pencil can be adjusted to be perpindicular to the surface you are marking instead of angled. Each joint has a brass kno...

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Veritas Micro-Adjust Wheel Marking Gauge

Veritas Micro-Adjust Wheel Marking Gauge

09-23-2010 10:21 PM by mafe | 15 comments »

Veritas Micro-Adjust Wheel Marking GaugeYes I have seen that there are already a review this tool! But!!! I do not all agree in the judgment: I think it’s a excellent marking tool, I think it’s so delicate, and well made, that it makes any LJ want to touch it!It’s precise.It’s cutting a sharp spur.Its a pleasure to hold in your hand. What I do agree, are that the micro adjustment are not super useful, but I actually used it to fine tune the other day for my do...

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Average Marking Gauge

Average Marking Gauge

01-23-2008 05:17 AM by Mike Lingenfelter | 6 comments »

I bought this marking gauge, because I thought it was better deal than the Tite-Mark. I was really disappointed with the the Micro-Adjustment on the Veritas. It requires you to use both hands to adjust the gauge. The instructions even tell you that you have to use both hands. Once adjusted the gauge works well and is accurate. If you want to buy Veritas, I suggest buying their standard marking gauge and save a few more bucks.

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Excellent Marking knife

Excellent Marking knife

08-24-2008 10:18 PM by FJPetruso | 9 comments »

Several years ago I purchased a spear point marking knife from Harbor Freight for 4 bucks. I used the marking knife all the time as it has a sharp angle to get into tight corners &, being spear point, it’s “ambidextrous”. It also has a rosewood handle. For probably being made in China it’s a Great Tool! Then one day I swept it up & tossed it out accidentally. I searched Harbor Freight’s site & found that they had discontinued the tool. After a se...

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Woodpeckers framing squares

Woodpeckers framing squares

12-15-2012 07:05 PM by mbs | 6 comments »

I needed to check both flatness and squareness across long surfaces and long miter fences. The most accurate tool I had was a Starrett 12” combination square. After a lot of time screwing around I came to the conclusion that the Starrett square wasn’t square and the blade wasn’t long enough to check for flatness. I borrowed my friends Woodpeckers framing square and I was done with the machine setup in no time. And it was perfectly accurate. You can see from the pic...

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Incra Gauge - precision marking gauge

Incra Gauge - precision marking gauge

02-14-2010 02:31 PM by Requiem | 8 comments »

Well I thought I would start off my review with items that I would use throughout my apprenticeship and being a novice I will review items that I think are good for the average home DIY woodworking. Items that anyone can afford not tools that we can only dream about or keep on display because they are expensive but we can actually use. I pick the Incra Gauge as for my item to review, the reason for this is that this one tool I would use on all my projects and for me it has been a valuable...

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Simple & Well Made

Simple & Well Made

05-07-2012 06:04 PM by ShipWreck | 4 comments »

I stopped by WoodCraft this morning to see what they had in stock for marking gauges. They had the Veritas dual marking gauge and the Cosman. Both were very well made and sold for the same price. I would have been happy with either one. I decided on the Cosman because the head/face has a nice flat area to prevent the tool from rolling off the bench. I got it home and marked about 10-12 lines along some red oak. I started at the 1/2” range all the way out to 5” in 1/2” incre...

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LaserKerf review

LaserKerf review

02-24-2010 07:36 AM by williams | 6 comments »

Received my LaserKerf today and setup on my Dewalt 705 chop saw. All parts fine. Instructions on small cd and on web site. Special instructions for each supported saw. You need to buy special bracket for each saw per the web site. Good news and some not. Pros1) Does what is says. So now my 705 has a laser :-)2) Setup fairly easy (except below)3) Could align perfect to 2×4 and laser fills the kerf perfect.4) Good X alignment5) Good roll alignment.6) Safer. Having that line as ano...

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Veritas Saddle Square by Lee Valley

Veritas Saddle Square by Lee Valley

01-21-2010 09:33 PM by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) | 10 comments »

I have always had problems wrapping a line around faces of a piece of stock – seems as though the two lines never accurately intersected at the edge. So I recently purchased a Veritas Saddle Square from Lee Valley. What a difference the proper tool makes! I can now accurately draw lines on all sides of the stock and it is accomplished quickly and easily. The Saddle Square is made of anodized aluminum, 2” wide. The two legs are 1-1/4” and 2-1/4” long and both end fa...

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A good tool for the price

A good tool for the price

12-16-2008 03:18 PM by Mark Shymanski | 3 comments »

On the Friday before my weekend o’sawdust I went the store closest to Lee Valley we have here in Brandon, Wooden Edge intending to buy just some nobs, T-nuts and mitre slot material for some jigs I was intending on making. Well the buying frenzy came over me (note to self: never go to hardware/tool stores with a loaded credit card) and I bought the required stuff but some baltic birch plywood, and this clamp thingy from Samona. The image of this tool is from the Samonoa web site (h...

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