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Amazingly useful tape measure that won't fall over

Amazingly useful tape measure that won't fall over

12-03-2017 07:13 PM by Rayne | 7 comments »

Hey LJ’s. I came across this piece of magic a while ago thinking it might be a gimmick, but this has been my goto tape measure for the past 3 months. I don’t how exactly how it works but this little guy lays flat on any surface with the tape pulled out. No more falling over while measuring or tape going out of shape cause the body won’t sit still. Easy to use and work with. 5 Stars all around. Craftsman Sidewinder 25' tape measure Pros-Lays Flat!-Auto lock when tape...

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PEC 90 Degree 12" Combination Square

PEC 90 Degree 12" Combination Square

08-07-2017 08:36 PM by PPK | 9 comments »

This is a review for a combination square that is priced a lot lower than a Starret square, is actually square, and is made in the USA. All good things, right? -It is square. Really square. All the way along the length of the ruler.-It slides well. Not AMAZING, but well.-Fit and finish are pretty decent, but not amazing. There are some sharp corners. -The graduations are well marked, and very easy to read. (Etched in, I think)-It came with some anti-corrosion coating on it and had no rust...

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Nice rule(s) for the $$

Nice rule(s) for the $$

05-12-2017 11:50 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 5 comments »

I wanted some accurate rules now that I have my new Sawstop that seems to have a pretty accurate scale on the fence slider. I took a chance on these relatively inexpensive ones on Amazon. I was surprised to see that they are nicely made. I put the longest along the tape on my fence slider and it lines up exactly, so either both or neither are accurate! They come bundled in three sizes (18in, 12in, 6in) for $11.99. Although I ordered them a week ago for 10.99. Go figure. I used pictures from ...

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Lignomat Comes Through Again

Lignomat Comes Through Again

03-06-2017 10:17 PM by pintodeluxe | 2 comments »

I have been using a Lignomat meter for some time now, and I started with the E/D model. It works great, but I needed something that was compatible with remote moisture probes. The mini ligno MD/C model was just the ticket. It is a pin style moisture meter that works by itself as a portable meter, or you can plug it into optional remote wires and probes. The probes are drilled into the core of a lumber sample, and seem to give a true and accurate reading of the moisture content. The MD/C...

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Replacement Screw (saves a tool)

Replacement Screw (saves a tool)

02-26-2017 11:14 PM by socrbent | 8 comments »

Early last week I had a big oops – dropped my 6” double square on the floor. It broke the tang off the screw that holds the ruler in place. Looked like this tool was toast as a double square. The item was bought from Woodcraft under the Pinnacle name and I didn’t see where they carried parts. After some time searching I got lucky and found a link to this replacement part from Little Machine Shop. The 6” PEC double square they sell seemed to be an exact match which mean...

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Mitre slot measuring tool for $12

Mitre slot measuring tool for $12

02-11-2017 09:10 PM by Holbs | 3 comments »

I was in dire need of fine measurement adjustment in my shop: checking dado stack, fence, auxiliary fence, etc. I could of made my own but I’ve been in a rush lately and ordered this little gem from Amazon at $12. Caution: you need your own dial caliper. Also, it does not fit all mitre slots! Read the description.I was all about to purchase another table saw alignment gadget that costs $120 but then saw this tool in the LJ review forum and gave it a shot. Have used it a number of ...

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Establish or Determine Angles [for Turning Knives & Such]

Establish or Determine Angles [for Turning Knives & Such]

01-27-2017 08:28 PM by Kelly | 3 comments »

It’s a good thing I like toys. The reason I say that is, I have a significant layout tool collection grown out of both that I find myself laying out everything from straight lines or circles and arcs, curves to letters and numbers, so I find need for verifying a variety of setups and layouts. For the foregoing reasons, I have all manner of triangles, rulers, straight edges, tapes, compasses, curves, gauges lettering templates and so on. Some are more useful for a given project than ...

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Looks Square to Me ...

Looks Square to Me ...

01-23-2017 05:34 PM by Ron Aylor | 22 comments »

For years I have used but four squares; a 2 inch steel engineer’s square, a 12 inch Empire combination square, an antique 9 inch rosewood square, and a 24 inch framing square. All of these instruments have been tweaked and tuned, and match each other perfectly. Or, as perfect as perfect can get! Recently, I found my myself in need of a square somewhere between my 9 inch and 2 inch squares. It is possible to bend the ruler if too much of the length is hanging off the work piece. I dec...

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and the Winner is...........

and the Winner is...........

10-26-2016 05:06 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 13 comments »

Just out of curiosity and old times’ sake, I decided to give the new Wixey type 2 a try.same test as Capri and Accumaster. I repeated the tests several times just to make sure it was acclimated to weather but the readings stayed the same off by 0.2 and 0.3. it is also not as steady and smooth as Capri box.well, if the box that I got is any indication of what most of these new Wixey’s are like then it’s a definite no go.they may have at long last improved the LCD and replac...

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Capri angle gauge. Pleasant surprise not bad at all.

Capri angle gauge. Pleasant surprise not bad at all.

10-21-2016 04:32 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 11 comments »

So, After major disappointment with Accumaster dud and before I purchase a Wixey gen2, I decided to give the Capri a shot. it’s about 5 dollars less than Wixey2 but it has the back-lit LCD and uses one AAA battery.so as you can see from the pics it is extremely accurate. on the 90 degree tests using calibrated square it is always 100%. on the 45 degree tests using two woodpecker precision triangles, it registers 0.1 off sometimes. for most part it reads accurate 45 degree. it is however...

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