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Well Spent $12

Well Spent $12

723 days ago by Tedstor | 8 comments »

So I’ve grown tired of using a 24” framing square when laying out larger workpieces and other shop projects.In my hands, the larger framing squares are a bit cumbersome. Knowing I will need a larger square to make a cross cut sled and to install a new fence on my table saw, I began looking for options. I remember reading that drafting squares are typically inexpensive and fairly accurate. Cheap and accurate? Thats a winner in my book. I’m always weary of buying measuring...

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Instruments you'd be happy to own

Instruments you'd be happy to own

789 days ago by Roger Clark aka Rex | 12 comments »

I have been looking around for a while for some metric measuring tools, not flimsy junk, but excellent quality and price point.Everyone who did design drafting years ago knew that there were only 2 names of drafting machine heads and scales that stood out: Kuhlmann and Mitutoyo.Every engineer and machine shop operative also knew that calipers and assorted measuring devices worth having were Starrett and Mitutoyo.So I was utterly surprised to find 2 beautifully made, precise and sturdy rules b...

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A tape measure I didn't realize I needed.

A tape measure I didn't realize I needed.

796 days ago by SirFatty | 12 comments »

I was at Menards looking for a smaller tape measure (I have a Kobalt 30’ and a Craftsman 30’). For the vast majority of the time, I only need a 12’ tape like the chrome Stanley version. Well, it’s surprisingly hard to find. My son pointed out the Fastcap, and I thought it too gimmicky, with the built-in writing area and pencil sharpener. But then I pulled out the tape and was floored. A flat tape measure! Genius! And for less than $5, it was worth taking a cha...

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Veritas Precision Square

Veritas Precision Square

835 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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Nice and functional, but could be improved

Nice and functional, but could be improved

862 days ago by Vrtigo1 | 21 comments »

I purchased the 36” Starrett 380 series straightedge to set up my 6” jointer. I purchased the 36” thinking I would need the extra length, but hindsight being 20/20 I think you could get away with a 24” straightedge for a 6” jointer, and the 24” is about half the price. This isn’t related to the review, this is just a statement that I hope someone else in the same boat sees so that they can be armed with that information before deciding which product...

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Cool little tape to have laying around

Cool little tape to have laying around

867 days ago by Wayne | 1 comment »

If you’ve done much framing, you know that tape measures are like pens, they will eventually go home with someone else. I saw a lady with one of these a while back, and finally had to pick one up. -The lock button is in a comfortable position- the hook doesn’t have too much play in it- tape is sturdy doesn’t twist as easily as others Ive had- and it has the quick read fractions and decimals (1/8” graduations). Pretty handy to have laying around. I got mine for ju...

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Wixey 8" digital protractor pretty sweet.

Wixey 8" digital protractor pretty sweet.

883 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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Fabricating iGaging DRO for 15" Planer

Fabricating iGaging DRO for 15" Planer

926 days ago by rawdawgs50 | 5 comments »

I wanted my planer to have digitized measuring but did not want to spend a couple hundred doing this. I recently purchased a Digital Read Out …DRO…from iGaging. I got it on amazon for $33.50 plus free shipping. When I received the unit, the lcd screen protector was cracked. The LCD protector is actually glass. I contacted iGaging and they responded very fast to my email, and after a few questions they shipped out another unit the next business day. Even though I live in Florid...

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Fantastic and easy to use

Fantastic and easy to use

951 days ago by Elizabeth | 5 comments »

I’ve always struggled to find the studs in my drywalled shop. I’ve got a Little Wizard metal wand and an electronic stud finder but despite my best efforts it always seemed like my first pilot hole would miss the stud entirely – especially when working on the ceiling. I got this stud finder yesterday and my whole attitude toward mounting things on the walls has changed. While showing the new studfinder to my husband in the kitchen I casually brushed it against the wall ...

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Starrett Protractor Angle Finder

Starrett Protractor Angle Finder

979 days ago by cajunpen | 5 comments »

I’ve had this tool since last Christmas. I received it as a gift from my oldest Son and Daughter-in-Law. I just recently started using it on my Table Saw and Miter Saw for setting angles for various cuts. It have found it to be almost indispensable. I’ve got the Wixey digital angle finder also – but for some reason I like the Starrett better. If you get the change to get one – you won’t go wrong. Also great for doing trim work, if you need to cut a miter, t...

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