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Craftsman Digital Torpedo Level (part #948295)

Craftsman Digital Torpedo Level (part #948295)

1191 days ago by David Grimes | 5 comments »

Got this today at the local Sears store. Price was $34.99. Two (2) AAA batteries required and are not included. It comes in a nice zippered case. Warranty is one year. The unit is plastic (not necessarily fragile, but not a Sherman tank), so it will need to be treated like a multimeter, a moisture meter, a thermal leak detector, or your high dollar stud finder. Stated accuracy is +/- 0.1 degree. The unit also has bubble tubes, but after using this instrument digitally, I think mostly ...

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Veritas Precision Square

Veritas Precision Square

834 days ago by vipond33 | 16 comments »

There are only three things I carry in a working or playing day with wood. A Starrett Tru-Lok 1/2” tape measure with my little one’s reminder ( a really great tape), a bunch of different hardness pencils and Lee Valley’s small square. The square is a simply marvelous tool to own, I’ve had mine for years and years and could not imagine working without it. Weighing nothing (you will never feel it in your pocket and if you drop it on the floor a hundred times it won&...

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The Woodpeckers Mini Square is great and FREE SHIPPING doesn't last long!

The Woodpeckers Mini Square is great and FREE SHIPPING doesn't last long!

1731 days ago by John Gray | 8 comments »

When I was at the Lie-Nielsen get together at Indianapolis on the 17th of October 2009 Chris Schwarz was using this little square to check plane blade edges for square. I thought the Mini Square was neat so last week when I got an email saying Woodpeckers had free shipping until Thursday the 29th I ordered one I received it today. I used it to square up the table with the blade on my bandsaw and true up the blade on my table saw it works great. It comes in a neat little storage box that...

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A laser level for woodworking and more

A laser level for woodworking and more

1128 days ago by devann | 4 comments »

This is a review for one of my favorite levels that I use for some of my woodworking endeavors. I have many levels. I own about every type level made except for a Libella and I’ve been wanting to build a few of those to sell to some friends for their offices but haven’t gotten around to it. This level is the Stanley model 77-153 cross line level. It is an indoor use level that I find quite handy for cabinet setting, interior trim, general layout, and even tool setup in the shop so...

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Angle reader/finder

Angle reader/finder

1298 days ago by Dan | 21 comments »

I recently learned how to sharpen my own chisels and plane irons. I was having a hard time when it came to all the different bevels. I bought a cheaper honing jig that works well but it does not measure the angle I am honing. I tried using a protractor and had some success but I still felt I was off. I was looking at Rockler tools online and saw this item was on sale. It had good reviews and the price seemed good so I ordered it. The item arrived ready to use. There were no complicated ...

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Garrett Wade Aluminum Straight Edge  38 inch

Garrett Wade Aluminum Straight Edge 38 inch

1358 days ago by barryvabeach | 7 comments »

I just received a Garrett Wade aluminum straight edge 38 inch and wanted to post a review. First, years ago Garrett Wade had lots of woodworking tools, but seem to have cut way back lately. I looked at their steel straightedges last year, but the quoted tolerances were awlful ( IIRC .0005 per inch ) The aluminum straight edge is quoted at .002 over the whole length, which is pretty good. I have a granite surface plate that allowed be to check up to about 20 inches at a time, and could n...

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Tool Review - Veritas Set-Up Blocks

Tool Review - Veritas Set-Up Blocks

1146 days ago by Randy Price | 9 comments »

Veritas Set-Up Blocks(ed. note: This is a companion post from www.randallprice.com).For the first tool review on www.randallprice.com I’ve chosen a one that is by far the of the most often used tools in my shop and one that has raised the accuracy and precision of my work to a new level – VeritasĀ® Set-Up Blocks.As you may have already found, transferring measurements is a much more accurate method of set up than taking a measurement from a rule. This is where the Veritas set-u...

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Wixey 8" digital protractor pretty sweet.

Wixey 8" digital protractor pretty sweet.

882 days ago by steffen707 | 1 comment »

At first I was going to say i was mad that this thing wasn’t acurate because when i set it on my coffee table flat out and zeroed it, then flipped it over it read .4deg. I put it on the middle shelf and zeroed it, flipped it over and it read .7deg. Didn’t make any sense, the table is flat, didn’t matter which side I zeroed it on, flip it over and it was off. So i tried it on my end table, zeroed it, flipped it over and it read zero. LIGHT BULB WENT ON. Zeroed it on th...

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Great little square for the price.

Great little square for the price.

1373 days ago by docholladay | 9 comments »

First off let me say that I have several Starrett and Brown & Sharpe squares, dividers and other layout tools. I have a 4” Starrett Double square that I love, but sometimes it is just too small. I had been looking for a matching 6” square. I saw this one on the Eagle America website recently and it happened to be on sale so I decided to take a chance an order one. I was fully expecting a cheap pot metal square with stamped steel blade. When I opened it up, I was very plea...

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Using a Mad-Dro Mitre Slot Base to Align Your Table Saw

Using a Mad-Dro Mitre Slot Base to Align Your Table Saw

1116 days ago by Tim Dorcas | 9 comments »

Product Description: MAG-DRO’s mitre slot base is a device used to fix calipers easily in a 3/4” slot, the base can be clamped or screwed to any flat surface for quick, accurate measurements or adjustments to table saws, planers, and router tables. With virtually unlimited applications in the shop, MAG-DRO reinvents the capabilities of calipers. In the video I quickly demonstrate how align the table saw blade to the miter slot.

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