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Mitre slot measuring tool for $12

Mitre slot measuring tool for $12

02-11-2017 09:10 PM by Holbs | 3 comments »

I was in dire need of fine measurement adjustment in my shop: checking dado stack, fence, auxiliary fence, etc. I could of made my own but I’ve been in a rush lately and ordered this little gem from Amazon at $12. Caution: you need your own dial caliper. Also, it does not fit all mitre slots! Read the description.I was all about to purchase another table saw alignment gadget that costs $120 but then saw this tool in the LJ review forum and gave it a shot. Have used it a number of ...

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Establish or Determine Angles [for Turning Knives & Such]

Establish or Determine Angles [for Turning Knives & Such]

01-27-2017 08:28 PM by Kelly | 3 comments »

It’s a good thing I like toys. The reason I say that is, I have a significant layout tool collection grown out of both that I find myself laying out everything from straight lines or circles and arcs, curves to letters and numbers, so I find need for verifying a variety of setups and layouts. For the foregoing reasons, I have all manner of triangles, rulers, straight edges, tapes, compasses, curves, gauges lettering templates and so on. Some are more useful for a given project than ...

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Looks Square to Me ...

Looks Square to Me ...

01-23-2017 05:34 PM by Ron Aylor | 16 comments »

For years I have used but four squares; a 2 inch steel engineer’s square, a 12 inch Empire combination square, an antique 9 inch rosewood square, and a 24 inch framing square. All of these instruments have been tweaked and tuned, and match each other perfectly. Or, as perfect as perfect can get! Recently, I found my myself in need of a square somewhere between my 9 inch and 2 inch squares. It is possible to bend the ruler if too much of the length is hanging off the work piece. I dec...

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and the Winner is...........

and the Winner is...........

10-26-2016 05:06 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 13 comments »

Just out of curiosity and old times’ sake, I decided to give the new Wixey type 2 a try.same test as Capri and Accumaster. I repeated the tests several times just to make sure it was acclimated to weather but the readings stayed the same off by 0.2 and 0.3. it is also not as steady and smooth as Capri box.well, if the box that I got is any indication of what most of these new Wixey’s are like then it’s a definite no go.they may have at long last improved the LCD and replac...

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Capri angle gauge. Pleasant surprise not bad at all.

Capri angle gauge. Pleasant surprise not bad at all.

10-21-2016 04:32 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 11 comments »

So, After major disappointment with Accumaster dud and before I purchase a Wixey gen2, I decided to give the Capri a shot. it’s about 5 dollars less than Wixey2 but it has the back-lit LCD and uses one AAA battery.so as you can see from the pics it is extremely accurate. on the 90 degree tests using calibrated square it is always 100%. on the 45 degree tests using two woodpecker precision triangles, it registers 0.1 off sometimes. for most part it reads accurate 45 degree. it is however...

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What a disappointment.

What a disappointment.

10-12-2016 11:15 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 9 comments »

Too bad. I was so eager to get this after all these years of owning a wixey and I really wanted this thing to be accurate. it was almost a dream come true. no pancake watch batteries. and bright LCD display but it is so off it’s not even usable as a door stop.I hope the one that i got was defective because even my 8 year old wixey is still right on.I never been crazy about wixey batteries and hard to read LCD and if you live in humid place like houston you have to keep zeroing it severa...

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WR365 - Makes woodworking more fun

WR365 - Makes woodworking more fun

09-20-2016 02:13 AM by Rick M | 21 comments »

I hate the phrase, “game changer,” but honestly it fits this product. I’ve always dreaded changing angles on my saws because getting them to any specific angle can be fiddly. But getting perfect angles with the Wixey is a breeze. My daughter wanted to build a cube with all edges mitered, so each corner was 3 compound miters meeting at a point. In the past I would have said no way because if your angles are off even a hair, it will show in the final product. But we had no tro...

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Handy for rough measurements

Handy for rough measurements

09-20-2016 02:01 AM by Rick M | 1 comment »

I keep this pocket caliper in my apron or on my saw mostly for round items. It’s useful for things like dowels or bolts, also for inside measurements where I don’t need the accuracy of a digital caliper. The dowels at my local mom & pop hardware store are all labeled in inch sizes but some are actually metric and this prevents me from buying the wrong size. It was a little stiff at first but loosened up quickly and with a drop of oil slides easily. I appreciate the numbers bei...

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FastCap PMS12 Pro Carpenter Metric/Standard Measuring Tape

FastCap PMS12 Pro Carpenter Metric/Standard Measuring Tape

09-13-2016 02:08 AM by jgt1942 | 8 comments »

Recently I received the FasstCap T2001 Flatback Measuring Tape as a gift and was very impressed with it but it is a standard measuring tape and in my efforts to go metric (just because it is SO much easier to add, multiply, subtract and divide measurement) I was disappointed. I called FastCap and they were kind enough to send me a PSM12 Metric/Standard tape and I’m super pleased with it, following are some of the highlights.1) I already mentioned that it is a metric/standard tape.2) The...

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Measuring non-wood things in the shop.

Measuring non-wood things in the shop.

08-02-2016 04:19 AM by oldnovice | 4 comments »

Many times in the shop you need to measure things that are not wood but is useful for your other tools. The Craftsman Digital Clamp-On Ammeter is a reasonably priced meter that measures both AC and DC current up to 400 Amps. I used it to measure some DC currents in the 80 Amp range and none of the typical DVM, or the three I have, or the old RCA analog meter have a range above 10 Amps. Other features of this Craftsman Digital Clamp-On Ammeter is auto-ranging AC/DC voltages temperature both...

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