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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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Feature Loaded Tape Measure

Feature Loaded Tape Measure

09-22-2012 10:16 PM by CueballRosendaul | 11 comments »

When I die, everyone will say, “How many tape measures and flashlights does one guy need?!” Well, I’m sorry, but I carry these two items with me all day working and usually into the evening if I’m in the shop, so I’m always on the lookout. About two years ago I was in Johnson’s Workbench picking up some lumber and thinking about this huge trim project I was about to embark on while remodeling my house. Since we were already living here, the chop saw needed ...

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Nice and functional, but could be improved

Nice and functional, but could be improved

03-15-2012 02:37 AM by Vrtigo1 | 21 comments »

I purchased the 36” Starrett 380 series straightedge to set up my 6” jointer. I purchased the 36” thinking I would need the extra length, but hindsight being 20/20 I think you could get away with a 24” straightedge for a 6” jointer, and the 24” is about half the price. This isn’t related to the review, this is just a statement that I hope someone else in the same boat sees so that they can be armed with that information before deciding which product...

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wow! don't know how i got along without this

wow! don't know how i got along without this

01-03-2009 11:55 PM by teenagewoodworker | 16 comments »

i got this digital protractor for christmas and since i got it i have used it for everything! to adjust my squares, set up tools, check glue ups! it is just a great little tool. so much for burning on the table saw for crosscuts. i found that my good square was 89.9 and thats why i was getting burning. once adjusting it to 90 with the wixey no burning at all! its just wonderful and it helps a lot too. also there are magnets on it that help in tool setup because it attracts to the blade and mi...

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This square is the squariest, i mean it.

This square is the squariest, i mean it.

08-11-2012 07:03 AM by CplSteel | 15 comments »

I went ahead and tested all of my squares for square (I lined them up against a very flat surface, drew a line , flipped them and drew another line; I measured for any difference between the distance between the lines over their length). The results: surprise, this one actually was square. Over the 7 inches I could not detect any variance. Other squares were longer, other squares were metal, and all but one (which I tossed) was close enough, but only one was actually square. There are ...

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More useful the more I use it

More useful the more I use it

03-23-2015 01:16 AM by ic3ss | 3 comments »

I’ve been using this since about last November and I’m just now at the point that if I lost it I think I’d have to stop working until I got another one. Super simple to use, and I love the graduated pencil holes, it makes drawing a square referenced off of an edge a simple task that takes only a few seconds. What can I say, I love this thing. Wayne

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Wixie for The Griz

Wixie for The Griz

04-10-2010 12:00 AM by longgone | 1 comment »

I recently bought a wixey digital/fractional readout for my big old floor model planer. These are supposed to be for a desktop planer but I have seen others adapt them to fit a floor model planer. I have several other wixey products and have been quite happy with them so I decided to make one adaptable to my Grizzly 15” planer. I used a 2” wide piece of aluminum flat bar and a piece of 1 1/2” aluminum angle iron… and after a little trial and error of lining up the l...

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A great little tool

A great little tool

01-13-2008 09:26 PM by GaryK | 17 comments »

Here’s a great little tool for setting the angle on most everything. Bandsaw, Tablesaw, Mitersaw, Radial Arm Saw… The best part is the precision and speed in which you can do it.There are magnets on the bottom which allows you to stick it to anything steel. I will use a table saw for example here, but you can apply the same to all tools.If what you are trying to set is aluminum or something other than steel then you will need tohold it place. Here are the magnets:..For...

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Seen in my local hardware store, didn't even buy - feedback please!

Seen in my local hardware store, didn't even buy - feedback please!

12-03-2014 04:24 PM by Jeff Mazur | 20 comments »

Perhaps this is an odd thing to do in a review, but it feels like a big chunk of the context of my woodworking life has just been torn away. Ever since I can remember there has been a Lufkin folding ruler in the house, usually the brown wood one with the sliding extension, whether it was my family home when I was a kid, or in my toolbox as an adult. I own one of the model named, bought a couple years ago to replace another I’d broken, and it is as always had been accurate, durable, an...

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