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Low Cost and Accurate Shelf Edging for Plywood

Low Cost and Accurate Shelf Edging for Plywood

03-04-2016 01:09 PM by curliejones | 2 comments »

You may have seen something similar, but the thin rip jigs I came across were more complex. I decided to use one particular attribute, the pointed stick, and work from there. Here’s the short version of instructions: Put a point on a stick and clamp it to the table top. Cut a spacer from a plastic card or license plate. Measure the distance from the point to the fence with the rip fence against the blade and allow for the blade and card thickness. For example, I wanted 1/4” stri...

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Accurate and Dependable

Accurate and Dependable

02-09-2016 11:31 PM by Kelly | 5 comments »

I have a large Bosch digital finder and liked it so much I thought I’d try this smaller version for projects that did not require the various capabilities of the larger unit. After doing so, I decided I need a few of them around for the shop and the work van. These work well for setting and checking angles when doing blade set ups on miter saws, table saws and band saws. They give a good read-out for inner and outer angles, such as when building picture frames. They are easy to ch...

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For [Sloppy] Carpenters, Not Cabinet Makers

For [Sloppy] Carpenters, Not Cabinet Makers

02-09-2016 10:32 PM by Kelly | 5 comments »

I have a Bosch digital angle gauge I can and do rely on to accurately determine angles for cuts for things like crown molding. However, it isn’t something I want to carry around in my tool bag for occasional use. For that, I looked to the Starrett PRO SITE 505A. Unfortunately, my Dial Protractor, like so many others produced by Starrett, is about a half degree off. For example, if the black gauge reads “0,” the miter cuts shows “44.5.” For rough carpentry, an...

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Install of iGaging DRO for 20" Grizzly planer

Install of iGaging DRO for 20" Grizzly planer

01-25-2016 01:31 PM by zatoechi | 3 comments »

I just wanted to briefly share a different approach to mounting a DRO on a planer that does not require complicated fabrication. This is not meant to be a comprehensive product review but instead piggyback on a previous (and very good) review – http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2573 There are two main differences in this approach. The first is using an aluminum extrusion as the main means of mounting the DRO to the planer. The extrusion used is 1” x 1.5” cross-section with...

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Good Basic Moisture Meter

Good Basic Moisture Meter

12-01-2015 08:17 PM by pintodeluxe | 7 comments »

Some tools have flashy features or noteworthy upgrades. This is not it. This is a very basic moisture meter that is accurate. Most of the app-based moisture meters seem to have questionable (or laughable) accuracy. If you set the meter for 2 or 3, based on wood type, and insert the probes you will see the lights come on. Wait a second and you get a reading… say 6.8. Then probe the same board in a couple more spots and it will read within 0.2 of the other readings. This is more...

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Snap-Check delivers accuracy and ease of use

Snap-Check delivers accuracy and ease of use

11-23-2015 08:09 PM by pintodeluxe | 16 comments »

This type of tool has been available for a long time now. Usually they are cast iron and nearly $200. They are available from chipsfly.com for $20, which includes 3 batteries. I think 3 batteries might be worth the asking price. This is an accurate tool. Once zeroed, it reads zero each time the plunger returns to the reference surface. Great for setting jointer knives. Magnets in the base attach the snap-check to any cast iron tool surface for hands-free measurements. I don’...

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Absolutely, Positively Square - And Cheap!

Absolutely, Positively Square - And Cheap!

08-31-2015 01:04 PM by jonah | 12 comments »

I have two of these yellow plastic speed squares. One was $3-4 at Home Depot years ago. One I purchased a couple of months ago for $4. Summary/TL;DR version: these cheap plastic speed squares are absolutely 90°. Long version: After reading a thread in the forums a while ago extolling the virtues of “precision” layout and marking tools, I decided to resurrect my 9-10th grade geometry and trigonometry and figure out exactly how square these things are. I discovered first th...

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Crick Levels, Up For Review

Crick Levels, Up For Review

04-17-2015 06:30 PM by woodshopmike | 6 comments »

I recently reviewed a few levels made by Crick and I’ve got to say I’m rather impressed. The full review of these levels is on my blog: Crick Levels, Up For Review. Here are the highlights though All wood body Stainless steel binding & end caps Accurate to .015” over length of level (that’s ~ .02° for a 40” level!) Curved sight tubes, these move slower than straight tubes which makes them easier to read I know it’s short and sweet, b...

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Everything I wanted in a digital caliper

Everything I wanted in a digital caliper

04-14-2015 04:12 AM by Rick M. | 15 comments »

Sold by the same folks who sell the Accuremote digital inclinometer. I chose the IP54 after watching a thorough review on Youtube by Gadget Class. Inside the retail box was a decent plastic case that held the caliper, two batteries, the instructions, and a random piece of brown waxed paper (no idea why that was in there) but it was 0.004” thick. Both batteries were good. The plastic case that came with mine is slightly different than the picture on Amazon. Of course I set out to meas...

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Solid on the outside, issues with accuracy and precision

Solid on the outside, issues with accuracy and precision

04-14-2015 03:50 AM by Rick M. | 14 comments »

From the outside in … The packaging was attractive and consistent with other products sold by iGaging (makes no difference but shows the company takes some pride in their products). Inside the retail box was a sturdy white cardboard box that contained the inclinometer, a nice storage pouch, the instructions, a 9V battery, and a tiny screwdriver. I expected the AccuRemote to be made of plastic but it’s actually a cast metal, possibly zinc, quite sturdy and heavier than expected. Th...

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