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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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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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Nifty, useful measuring tool

Nifty, useful measuring tool

10-02-2013 07:32 PM 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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Every woodworker should have one of these.

Every woodworker should have one of these.

12-22-2009 08:37 PM by Rick | 10 comments »

This is used nearly every time my pencil is used. It’s just great. Perfect layouts are so much easier in every way now. I don’t really have much else to say. The picture is pretty self explanitory. Oh, I use the 6 inch because I usually make smaller things. Even if you make large projects most of the layout is at the end of the board for joinery and what not so the 6 inch should be fine for that too.Get one. I can’t imagine you’ll wish you hadn’t.

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Good Basic Moisture Meter

Good Basic Moisture Meter

12-01-2015 08:17 PM by pintodeluxe | 7 comments »

Some tools have flashy features or noteworthy upgrades. This is not it. This is a very basic moisture meter that is accurate. Most of the app-based moisture meters seem to have questionable (or laughable) accuracy. If you set the meter for 2 or 3, based on wood type, and insert the probes you will see the lights come on. Wait a second and you get a reading… say 6.8. Then probe the same board in a couple more spots and it will read within 0.2 of the other readings. This is more...

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Great Guide

Great Guide

06-12-2008 05:17 PM by John Gray | 10 comments »

I have the 50” model of this All-In-One Clamp Guide and love it. It’s really nice to use when breaking down a 4’x8’ piece of sheet goods without having to manhandle it up on the table saw. I cut them up right on the tailgate of my pickup before they come into the shop. You don’t have to have the Saw Plate just hold the saw firmly against the guide. When you “set it up” for your circular saw Sharpie the offset between the blade and the saw’s shoe and you’ll not ...

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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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Close Enough for Woodworking

Close Enough for Woodworking

10-14-2011 03:46 AM by DylanC | 7 comments »

I picked this up at a local Woodcraft (Item #148454) for ~$32. Got it mostly to speed up set-ups on the router and table saw. As soon as I got it, I measured each block with my digital caliper. Each block measured within half a thousandth of spec, except for the 1/2” and the 1-2-3 block. The half inch block measures 0.502” by 0.506” and the 3” side of the 1-2-3 measures a few thousandths over, also. Maybe that’s too much for high precision machining, but it&...

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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 | 11 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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Woodworking APP

Woodworking APP

12-05-2013 12:04 PM by Vagabondwheeler | 4 comments »

In working with a friend I located a great app to determine the cuts on a project and the amount of board or panels required. It is called Cut Calculator and costs 4.99 in the Apple APP store. I bought it for use with my iPad. To determine the amount of lumber required you simply input the length of the cuts in feet, inches or cm. Then you add the number of this length you will need with a slide scale. Down side is you can only enter 20 at a time. If you need more then you have to ent...

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