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Be Square and Use This!

Be Square and Use This!

02-25-2015 05:51 PM by gleasoncraftworks | 6 comments »

Hello all! As a new woodworker, I’m currently tooling up my shop with the happy anticipation of making “great things”. My mantra when shopping has always been to look for the best “bang for my buck”, and I’m pretty satisfied with the results so far. My latest find: the Empire Level e2992 True Blue 7” Rafter Square, a.k.a. a “Speed Square”. Made in the USA from aircraft-grade aluminum, this rafter square has stamped gradation marks, ...

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(Not So) Straight Edge

(Not So) Straight Edge

02-06-2015 02:20 AM by Hawk_Guy | 19 comments »

I recently purchased an 8” Jointer and cabinet table saw and needed a precision straight edge to properly tune and align my new toys. I have some Woodpeckers products already and am pleased with them (router plates and such)so I had absolutely no reservations about purchasing their product. I received my precision straight edge in a really nice particle board case that had a recess in which laid the straight edge, protected from harm. I took it out and was very pleased with the fit...

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I hate writing negative reviews, but.....

I hate writing negative reviews, but.....

01-13-2015 05:53 PM by njcraftsman | 25 comments »

Got it as a freebie so I have a hard time complaining, but mine was off by 5/16”. With all the math involved in creating an average piece of furniture….it’s a pain to have to correct for the tape as well. Otherwise decent quality (for inexpensive tapes anyway). Mines relegated to missions to my local wood monger, where precision is not needed. I have since checked multiples at the store, and have yet to find one thats dead on. Oh well it was FREE.

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Simple and user friendly, just the way I like it

Simple and user friendly, just the way I like it

01-12-2015 07:43 PM by paxorion | 2 comments »

During a Woodworking Show, I saw the merit of ruler stops and cabinetmaker rulers for my layout. I impulse buy for a WoodPeckers Rule Stop-1 (the smaller brother of the Rule Stop-2 review that gave me the motivation to get to writing this review) and eventually decided that $30 was too much money to splurge. After waltzing over to the Lee Valley/Veritas booth, I spotted this Veritas Ruler Stop in their catalog and I figured it would be a good alternative. I picked this up and a 12”...

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Another Woodworking Rule Accessory

Another Woodworking Rule Accessory

01-11-2015 02:58 AM by scarpenter002 | 2 comments »

I purchased this Hook Stop along with a 36” Woodworking rule. (Rule reviewed here.) This stop can be attached to the end of several y Woodpecker Woodworking Rules with the included screws and hex wrench. It is milled to perfectly mate with the Woodpecker Rule, tightly affixing to it. I have only used this accessory once so far, but expect it to perform as well as other Woodpecker products. Thanks for reading.

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Nice Addition to the Woodworking Rule

Nice Addition to the Woodworking Rule

01-11-2015 02:51 AM by scarpenter002 | 2 comments »

I purchased this Rule Stop along with a 36” Woodworking rule. (Rule reviewed here.) This stop can be easily slid onto any Woodpecker Woodworking Rule of up to 2 1/4” wide. It is milled to perfectly mate with the Woodpecker Rule, tightly affixing to it. I have only used this accessory once so far, but expect it to perform as well as other Woodpecker products. Thanks for reading.

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Same Quality as other Woodpecker Measuring and Layout Products

Same Quality as other Woodpecker Measuring and Layout Products

01-11-2015 02:41 AM by scarpenter002 | 0 comments »

Just received this product about two weeks ago. As with other Woodpecker products, I got this on sale as part of their weekly specials sent to their Eclub members. It is made of thick Aluminum, making it sturdy, yet light weight. There are measurements on both sides of the blade. One side is a standard scale from 0” to 36” in 1/16” graduations (see photo 2). The other side is Center scale, 18” to 0” to 18”, also in 1/16” graduations (see photo 3). ...

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Impulse purchase - seems ok but..

Impulse purchase - seems ok but..

01-02-2015 08:36 PM by philba | 6 comments »

So in the question feed my addiction, I swung by Rockler. The protractor was on sale for $10. The sales guy told me that they are going to be on sale in the new flyer for $15. I’m kind of a sucker for measuring tools so I bought it. First impression – it is well made. The ruler moves smoothly and the tightening knob works well. The display is easily readable. It shows .1 degree measurements. Probably the biggest drawback is how you calibrate it. As you can see in the pict...

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No manual lock, auto brake doesn't work, frustrating to use

No manual lock, auto brake doesn't work, frustrating to use

01-02-2015 07:54 AM by Rick M. | 9 comments »

Woodcraft donated a bunch of these as door prizes to our local woodworking club. The guys passing them out were making fun of them. At first glance it seems like a nice tape measure. It fits the hand well. Looks good for plastic. Has a good rubber grip. The numbers are easy to read and the fractions are clearly marked. The problem is it has no manual lock, instead it has an auto brake so when you pull it out it’s supposed to stay then you press a button to retract. Unfortunately the bra...

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Easy to read, good grip

Easy to read, good grip

12-31-2014 06:54 AM by Rick M. | 12 comments »

I have enough tape measures for every room in the house and a couple for the shop but today I was 25 miles from home and the tape I brought wasn’t large enough. So rather than make a 50 mile round trip into a 100 mile round trip, I went to a nearby Ace Hardware with a plethora of tape measures, Stanley, Lufkin, Dewalt, generics, and others. I liked the Dewalt best but it was $25 which I felt was too much so I bought a Stanley Max 25’. Normally I wouldn’t review something onl...

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