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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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Worth every Penny

Worth every Penny

11-17-2010 03:28 PM by USCJeff | 2 comments »

I had a few bucks on a Lowe’s gift card and it was one of those rare times I didn’t have something jump out at me that I “need”. I’ve had good luck with Kreg products (namely, pocket hole jig) so I decided to give this one a shot. I normally have used a combo square, fixed squares, and some shop built story sticks and such. The claim from Kreg is that it can be used for 90 & 45 layout, a story stick, depth gauge for set up, a torpedo level, and a couple o...

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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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Precission triangle in use.

Precission triangle in use.

05-30-2010 08:23 AM by thatwoodworkingguy | 5 comments »

After my first impressions post which many of you confused with my over all judging of the tool I could wait and more. I grabbed some Walnut and started to make a box. I deiced to not do anything elaborate and use no layout tools but my pencil a 2ft ruler and this little guy.First off I used the triangle to set my saw blade. I put it up on the table and cranked my blade into 45 degrees up againest the triangle. I then put on a digital angle reader and it was dead at 45.I then cut all my parts...

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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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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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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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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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No more un-square squares. This one is made from solid phenolic

No more un-square squares. This one is made from solid phenolic

08-08-2009 02:14 AM by GaryK | 17 comments »

I was notified via e-mail about this square and ordered one right away. It’s a bit pricey at $70, but I will only ever need one. The first thing I did when I got it was to check it for square. It was perfect. Not much more to say in that regard.The only drawback I can see that the material isn’t steel which means that it can be damaged it you aren’t careful.The holes for your hands makes it real easy to move around and position.It’s also nice and thick so it̵...

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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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