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Black iron oxide for chalk line

Black iron oxide for chalk line

08-25-2011 01:42 PM by mafe | 19 comments »

Black iron oxidefor the chalk line A friend told me about the use of black iron oxide for the chalk line, this has been used as pigment all the way back to my ancestors the Vikings. It is a water resistant and inexpensive product of nature. So I bought a Stanley chalk line roll and filled it up with this black iron oxide, and tested it on a piece of work that are Japanese inspired, this because they usually use the ink line, but I find that a bit messy. SO what happened?The line s...

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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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'Incra Rule' Marking Ruler..an indispensible tool!

'Incra Rule' Marking Ruler..an indispensible tool!

03-05-2012 05:49 PM by poopiekat | 7 comments »

I purchased this recently online, and was thrilled to get a first hand look at it when it arrived. It has micro-fine slits precisely every 1/32 inch, so that you can lay out lines with absolute precision. The holes are pierced for a 0.5 lead mechanical pencil, or a very sharp conventional pencil. I don’t like making random dovetails. Yeah, I know, some eminent craftsmen simply touch down the handsaw and cut….but that just goes against the grain (heh) of my own approach, tha...

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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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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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Not sure what to think of these, but felt misled by Lee Valley

Not sure what to think of these, but felt misled by Lee Valley

01-20-2010 04:07 AM by funchuck | 14 comments »

I have mostly seen high praise of Lee Valley, but I bought these 2 items and felt that their website was misleading. The 2 pictures above are from their website. They are: 1. Pocket Folding Squares – they have a 45 deg, 90 deg and 135 deg setting. They are supposed to be accurate to within 0.06 deg. I bought the 6” version. 2. Engineer’s Squares – they are machined to 0.001” deviation per inch. I bought the 2” and 4” versions. If you l...

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A $9.99 guage thats not bad

A $9.99 guage thats not bad

05-18-2011 03:39 AM by Dave | 9 comments »

I purchased one of these gauges two years ago. And have found it worth the ten dollars I spent. It has a good brass knob and it will hold tight. The pins are of a good spring steel. After 2 years of use they are just as sharp as day one. I have just purchased a second one for general purposes. I do have a store near me so I am able to pick the one I purchase. I had to true up one of the pins on the original but it was not a big problem. The HF site has 2 reviews as follows:This is the first H...

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It's Hip to be Square and this beauty is very Square.

It's Hip to be Square and this beauty is very Square.

02-10-2011 03:48 PM by DoctorDan | 4 comments »

Accurate layout is an essential basic component of woodworking. Marking accurately 90 degrees is essential in marking out any type of joinery and dressing timber (making it square on all four surfaces). A few weeks ago I received a long awaited hand made try square from Chris Vesper. Chris uses brass, stainless steel, and speciality timbers to produce try squares and sliding bevels. Avaliblity flucuates as they are made in limited production runs throughout the year. His try squares are av...

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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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One Great Marking Gauge

One Great Marking Gauge

01-23-2008 05:26 AM by Mike Lingenfelter | 3 comments »

It cost a little more than most marking gauges, but I love this guy. It’s incredibly easy to adjust, with only one hand. It’s amazing smooth when adjusting. The one I have is 7” long. It came with: the standard marking blade, 2 adjustable tenon blades, and 1 large cutting blade. You can buy this guage at several different sites. You can find out more about the gauge and other Glen Drake tools at their web site glen-drake.com.

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