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Woodpecker's 6" Carpenter's Square

Woodpecker's 6" Carpenter's Square

09-18-2014 04:15 PM by timbertailor | 14 comments »

Not much you can say about any Carpenter’s Square. They have a wealth of uses every day and is probably everyone’s most used measurement and\or layout tool. So why buy the offering from Woodpecker's? For one, it has a unique design that allows the square to sit on its base without falling over. Make’s checking 90 and 45 degree angles a snap. This feature also gives the tool heft which comes in handy. The quality of the materials insures accuracy of the tool over the...

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A must have tool

A must have tool

02-12-2011 07:07 PM by steliart | 8 comments »

A very handy and true square. The locking mechanism could be of a better quality as the ruler slides with a bit difficulty on it and locks not so easily the spring lock mechanism is not so good. Other than that is a must have tool. Due to its locking problem and besides that is a great tool I will give it only 3 stars. Axminster’s Description: This is a gem of a square, nicely made and very versatile. With a stock length of 62mm (2.1/2”) and a blade length of 100mm (4”) it is j...

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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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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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Height Gage

Height Gage

03-29-2008 11:36 PM 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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Well Spent $12

Well Spent $12

08-01-2012 12:21 AM 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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Construction Master 5 Calculator from Calculated Industries

Construction Master 5 Calculator from Calculated Industries

01-14-2013 06:04 PM 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

12-22-2009 08:47 PM 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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Handy little gadget

Handy little gadget

02-04-2011 02:18 AM 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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Smooth Square, Great Price

Smooth Square, Great Price

05-05-2010 12:02 AM 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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