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Good Product, but isn't it overpriced?

Good Product, but isn't it overpriced?

07-17-2008 03:33 AM by PurpLev | 26 comments »

So I went to an Estate Sale, and found this Starrett 12” combination square still in the original packaging with the nylon wrap, and for $20… obviously I snagged it before anyone else had the chance to even think about looking at it… I recently commented on teenagerwoodworker review of his Empire combination square. I’ve been using the Empire squares for the longest time, and had great results with them (12”,6”) they are accurate, slide fairly smooth, an...

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great combination squares - at a great price

great combination squares - at a great price

07-01-2008 04:33 AM by teenagewoodworker | 16 comments »

these combination squares from Empire are great. they have found a specialy place in my shop also. they are very inexpensive at around 15$ for the 12” square and 7% for the 6” square. they have a lifetime warranty and are guaranteed flat and square to .oo1”. it may not be a Starret or anything but it is a great square for the price. i like the big 12” one but since i got the smaller 6” one i have found myself reaching for that one more often. it feels very nice i...

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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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Starrett Fixed Sqaure

Starrett Fixed Sqaure

03-31-2008 04:44 AM by USCJeff | 12 comments »

I’m hesistant to post this given I’ve heard nothing but praise concerning Starrett. This square was inexpensive, but I thought given the reputation it would be accurate if treated properly. After struggling with some botched miters I checked the square for accuracy. I did the simple test of using a known straight edge and drawing a line with a sharp instrument. Flip the square and draw another. Lines intersected after 5 inches. Tested a few other measuring tools to verify the...

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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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Accurate to within 1/128"

Accurate to within 1/128"

03-01-2008 02:49 AM by Bill Butler | 7 comments »

I took a chance on a $29 digital caliper from Rockler. Having used other high quality caliper and micrometers before, I didn’t think it possible to buy a quality unit for that price. I was wrong, and this unit rocks. It has readouts in decimal inches, decimal mm, and fractional inches. It provides surfaces for inside, outside and depth measurement. I have used it frequently over the last several weeks and I always keep it near by when doing setups.

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12" Flexible (yes) precision (no) rule

12" Flexible (yes) precision (no) rule

03-01-2008 12:43 AM by daltxguy | 10 comments »

This 12” rule came highly recommended to me. After having used the 6” rule for a long time for just about everything ( it’s the one tool that’s always in my pocket ), I wanted the 12” rule. This was no easy feat as I don’t live in the US anymore and even on my recent visit back to the US, this ruler was difficult to find in your usual big box stores and actually I never was able to track it down. ( You know you are a lumberjock when you visit hardware store...

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Wixey's Woodworking Wonders

Wixey's Woodworking Wonders

02-29-2008 09:58 PM by Tom Adamski | 0 comments »

Sure, we as woodworkers are dependent on measuring. Tape measures, story sticks, rulers etc, we use them all. Now consider for a moment if you could be even more precise in the height of that router bit or the thickness of that inlay. Wixey now offers several products, including their digital calipers that make life in the shop easier. Large display in inches with fractions or metric, stainless steel construction, accurate to 0.001”; and able to measure inside, outside, depth & step...

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Pricey, but worth it

Pricey, but worth it

02-29-2008 06:18 PM by CutNRun | 4 comments »

This past Christmas I left a subtle hint for my wife in the form of printed web sites showing both the Starrett 4” double square and the Starrett 12” combination square. I was hoping to get either one as a present. My wonderful wife got me both. I already had some cheap, big box store squares. The rules never slid smoothly and sometimes the locking screw wouldn’t hold the rule in position. The difference with the Starrett squares is dramatic. The thumb screws lock do...

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Best value even though not specifically for woodworkers

Best value even though not specifically for woodworkers

02-29-2008 04:29 PM by kshipp | 3 comments »

I got these calipers about a year ago for some other projects but I have found myself using them many times for wood working. It’s great for checking setups on your tools and seeing exactly where a joint is not fitting. As far as calipers go they are pretty standard but where they stand out is the price. These are on sale now at Harbor Freight for $16 and I think that is about what I paid for them a year ago. I know what you are thinking because I thought the same thing, “How c...

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