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Well Spent $12

Well Spent $12

760 days ago by Tedstor | 8 comments »

So I’ve grown tired of using a 24” framing square when laying out larger workpieces and other shop projects.In my hands, the larger framing squares are a bit cumbersome. Knowing I will need a larger square to make a cross cut sled and to install a new fence on my table saw, I began looking for options. I remember reading that drafting squares are typically inexpensive and fairly accurate. Cheap and accurate? Thats a winner in my book. I’m always weary of buying measuring...

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Height Gage

Height Gage

2345 days ago by ToddO | 5 comments »

I received this along with the Wixey angle gage for Christmas. The spec.’s are as follows: Measuring Length:4-1/4 in. (109mm ) Resolution:Decimal = .001 in.Fraction = 1/64 in.Metric = .05 mm Accuracy:Decimal = +/- .001 in.Fraction = +/- 1/500 in.Metric = +/- .025 mm Battery:6 months life; type CR2032 Functions: - IN /MM- ON/OFF- ZERO- Auto shut off I have used this to set blade height and the fence width (below 4”) and was very happy with the results. The ...

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Nifty, useful measuring tool

Nifty, useful measuring tool

332 days ago by CharlesA | 0 comments »

Got an email about the rule stop and decided to take chance on it. I thought the price was a bit high, but the ability to use my existing rulers of different lengths was a real plus. It ways that the Rule-Stop-1 is for rulers up to 1” wide, but it appears to me like it would work for up to 1.5” wide. http://www.woodpeck.com/rulestop1.html My thoughts:1) It is really handy for repeated measurements or just to precisely set a stop and them mark using the end of the ruler. ...

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Construction Master 5 Calculator from Calculated Industries

Construction Master 5 Calculator from Calculated Industries

593 days ago by CueballRosendaul | 6 comments »

Seasoned old Lumberjocks who spend too much time in the shop can easily add and multiply feet and inches in their heads, but for those of us younglings with less experience, or the older ones with sawdust between the ears, the use of a construction calculator speeds things up and reduces the likelihood of making mistakes. Spend your time in the shop making noise and dust, not looking for common denominators by investing in a calculator from calculated industries. The primary thing I use t...

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Perfect for when you need precise setup

Perfect for when you need precise setup

1712 days ago by Rick | 2 comments »

When ever I need to set my table saw or router to an exact height or router table fence to an exact depth, I grab this. If you’d like to get this kind of precision but don’t like the price… Just buy it and get it over with. I was the same way. You’ll end up getting it someday so you might as well get it now.

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Smooth Square, Great Price

Smooth Square, Great Price

1579 days ago by PurpLev | 10 comments »

not much to say. good square, and can be had for a bargain price. I was using Empire combo squares (12” and 6”) since they were cheap (less than $10 each) at HD. I found them to be as precise as the next square, but the locking and the sliding of the ruler left a lot to be desired. I eventually replaced them both with Starrett equivalent which I found to be as precise, but made of heavier materials, and with higher precision in the machining which means smoother sliding action,...

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Handy little gadget

Handy little gadget

1304 days ago by SchotterWoodworking | 3 comments »

I picked this up to keep for cabinet installation (scribing filler panels and scribing strips). For less than $20 you get a handy little gadget that stays with me every time I do layout. The arm is articulated like a human finger and very easy to adjust. It seems solid enough for every day cabinet installs for the commercial folks and has all the niceties that the artisan craves in layout tools. Inexpensive, practical, go for it! Bonus points for a built in pencil sharpener!

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12" Flexible (yes) precision (no) rule

12" Flexible (yes) precision (no) rule

2374 days ago by daltxguy | 10 comments »

This 12” rule came highly recommended to me. After having used the 6” rule for a long time for just about everything ( it’s the one tool that’s always in my pocket ), I wanted the 12” rule. This was no easy feat as I don’t live in the US anymore and even on my recent visit back to the US, this ruler was difficult to find in your usual big box stores and actually I never was able to track it down. ( You know you are a lumberjock when you visit hardware store...

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Steel stick on tape

Steel stick on tape

756 days ago by guitchess | 6 comments »

After realizing that I had stretched my vinyl tape when assembling my tablesaw, I started searching for a replacement. I knew that I wanted a steel tape so as to avoid the issue of stretch. The only version that I found online was $17 so I postponed buying so I could search for a cheaper alternative. I was killing time in the tool department at Walmart and stumbled on this one. the Komelon 12’ x 1/2” Flat Tape Ruler. As soon as I saw that it was steel I was interested and whe...

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Wixey's Woodworking Wonders

Wixey's Woodworking Wonders

2374 days ago by Tom Adamski | 0 comments »

Sure, we as woodworkers are dependent on measuring. Tape measures, story sticks, rulers etc, we use them all. Now consider for a moment if you could be even more precise in the height of that router bit or the thickness of that inlay. Wixey now offers several products, including their digital calipers that make life in the shop easier. Large display in inches with fractions or metric, stainless steel construction, accurate to 0.001”; and able to measure inside, outside, depth & step...

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