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Not perfect, but good features

Not perfect, but good features

05-20-2011 10:20 AM by Tedstor | 1 comment »

I know most people tend to favor a combo square over a try square, but for whatever reason, I still find myself reaching for my try square for most 90 degree layout tasks. Up until yesterday, I used a Sears/Companion brand square that I inherited from my wife’s grandfather. However, it only has a 6” blade, is graduated in 1/8ths, and is generally worn out after 30+yrs of use. My intent was to replace it with a similar tool with a slightly larger blade and scale graduated in 16ths....

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Nice product, nice price.

Nice product, nice price.

04-25-2011 06:34 AM by Tedstor | 10 comments »

For the past couple years, I have been using a 12” Swanson combination square. Its a good sqaure, but far too often I find it too big for the given application. I was constantly grabbing a 40yo Companion Try Square in order to avoid the cumbersome 12” combo sqaure. Unfortunately, the try sqaure is only graduated in 1/8s, and lacks the functionality of a combo sqare. All that said, I went to Sears in search of a smaller tool. I often times buy tools via internet. However, measur...

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Craftsman Digital Torpedo Level (part #948295)

Craftsman Digital Torpedo Level (part #948295)

04-20-2011 09:05 AM 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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A bit disappointing

A bit disappointing

04-15-2011 09:23 PM by RandyMorter | 5 comments »

I recently got a Starrett C33H-12-4R 12-Inch Combination Square to replace an old (from the late 1970’s) Stanley 12” that just wasn’t cutting it for me in my hobby level woodworking. I really like this new square but I don’t use it for everything – I carry a Empire 6” from Home Depot in my apron and I use the 6” for most markings due to it’s size being more appropriate for most of what I do. After getting the 12” Starrett I am not happy...

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Don't Bother

Don't Bother

04-02-2011 03:20 AM by Routerisstillmyname | 16 comments »

Long story short. This is my second iGaging angle block. The first had a defective LCD on top of displaying constant error even with a fresh battery.This one the LCD is ok but even at a sale price of 20 it’s waste of money since you may have to spend at least half of that in gas returning and exchanging.Measured against all my engineering squares and then some and two other Wixey’s this thing is so off that’s not even funny. The problem is also inconsistency. It’s not always off by sam...

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The squares I got were half accurate

The squares I got were half accurate

04-01-2011 07:20 PM by RandyMorter | 8 comments »

I ordered these from Hartville Tool through Amazon. I thought the price and specs looked good and I wanted them for setting up my table and other saws. I was also drawn to them due to the wood box. When I got them I held them up to each other to test them. The outsides of the blades all seem true – I couldn’t see any light between the blades of different squares. When I placed one square inside another to test the squareness and insides of the blades I could see varying degrees...

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Almost got it right.

Almost got it right.

03-23-2011 09:43 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 3 comments »

Well, even though I‘ve had a Wixey Protractor( http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/549 ) that is dead on 100% accurate, measured against all my engineering squares and then some, At only $15 on sale, I could not resist picking one of these up.Why you might ask. Well, The Wixey even though is accurate; it has two main shortcomings. One, it is impossible to lock it in place. Second, it does not have the hold function, which should have been incorporated since it will not lock tight.On the other hand...

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The Artisan Flamingo dovetail marker

The Artisan Flamingo dovetail marker

03-21-2011 01:23 AM by RGtools | 6 comments »

About a year ago I managed to stumble across a friend, Julio Alonso Diaz is a fellow woodworker and lover of hand-tools. It’s not surprising that we got along. Anybody who has seen some of his work can say that he has really dedicated the time to become good at it. And then he started making tools, a dangerous move. Mostly for my pocketbook. He started making these dovetail markers out of fruit-wood and exotics (mine is Cherry and Wenge). I wanted one from the first minute and went o...

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1-2-3 Block. 123 uses around the shop

1-2-3 Block. 123 uses around the shop

03-19-2011 12:10 PM by Tedstor | 24 comments »

Want a cheap way to check the “squareness” of machine fences, table saw blades, drill press chucks, and any other 90# angle in the shop?? Check out this set of 1-2-3 blocks. I bought this pair off Amazon for $10ish bucks several months ago. Several different types of these blocks are available from different manufacturers at widely varying price points. This model, was the cheapest. However, I can’t seem to find any flaws despite the low price. I’m sure the expensive ...

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Vintage squares for those who want the best they can afford.

Vintage squares for those who want the best they can afford.

03-19-2011 01:14 AM by StumpyNubs | 31 comments »

What’s the best combination square around? While some will give their high priced favorites, most will say Starrett. And why not? It’s a proven tool. A new one will set you back about a hundred bucks, but fifty years from now it will still be straight, accurate and easy to read and use. You’re never going to hear me say a Starrett isn’t top of the line. But for those of us who want save our hundred dollar bills for more important things, there are other options that I argue are just as goo...

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