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Forum topic by esmthin posted 07-08-2015 04:00 AM 822 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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esmthin

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07-08-2015 04:00 AM

I’ve recen been looking for a few marking tools lately and I’ve come across Crown Tools. The look very nice with rosewood handles and brass fittings, the best part is that they are affordable. My question is, are they quality tools? Does anyone have some and have they lasted you?

-- Ethan, https://instagram.com/ethan_woodworker/


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#1 posted 07-08-2015 04:08 AM

I’ve been less than impressed with the Crown square and the Crown burnisher. The square looks nice but it isn’t square on the inside and way out of square on the outside. The burnisher is too soft. Iturra in his catalogue sells Gladstone tools that are reasonably priced and have decent specs. I may get their square set to try them out.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#2 posted 07-08-2015 04:19 AM



I ve been less than impressed with the Crown square and the Crown burnisher. The square looks nice but it isn t square on the inside and way out of square on the outside. The burnisher is too soft. Iturra in his catalogue sells Gladstone tools that are reasonably priced and have decent specs. I may get their square set to try them out.

- ElChe


That’s a shame to hear because I was looking at the squares.

-- Ethan, https://instagram.com/ethan_woodworker/

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#3 posted 07-08-2015 04:21 AM

Google Manny Gladstone square. I think the 6” square is less than 20 bucks if you can find it.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#4 posted 07-08-2015 04:22 AM

I’ve had good luck with their card scrapers.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 07-08-2015 04:23 AM

http://www.mikestools.com/Gladstone-302-1004U-4-Rosewood-Precision-Square_302-1004U.aspx

This is the square I’ve been thinking of getting.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#6 posted 07-08-2015 04:30 AM

Let me know if you buy that square, that’s a pretty good price. (As long as it’s square.)

-- Ethan, https://instagram.com/ethan_woodworker/

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#7 posted 07-08-2015 10:08 AM

I have a tenon saw and a couple of their squares.

OK tools but I wouldn’t buy another one of their saws.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#8 posted 07-08-2015 10:41 AM

I have the three piece crown scraper set. Its ok. not in love.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#9 posted 07-08-2015 11:12 AM

I have 2 Crown marking gauges… one good and one not so good. As Peter Korn at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship says, they are marking gauge kits and require work to get them to woodworking perfection.
If you are looking for a good gauge, make sure it has the brass rod where you tighten it.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#10 posted 07-08-2015 11:40 AM

I have some of their scrapers, and agree with SirIrb. OK, not excellent. Their burnisher seems to work on their card scrapers, but ElChe above stated he wasn’t pleased with his. Perhaps the scrapers are a bit softer and the burnisher works fine on them, but not harder ones.

I have the marking gauge, and I am happy with it. When I got it, the knife was actually installed backwards (yeah, I’m serious), so it would push the fence away rather than pull it in. I popped it out, gave it a quick sharpening, and put it back in correctly. Since then, I’ve been pleased.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#11 posted 07-08-2015 03:49 PM

Has anyone else had problems with their squares?

-- Ethan, https://instagram.com/ethan_woodworker/

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#12 posted 07-08-2015 04:09 PM

Yeah, I got two of their squares. They are close, but no cigar. Finally broke down and bought a woodpecker and have been satisfied with it. I’d like to buy a larger woodpecker but the price is holding me back till I can truly justify it.

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#13 posted 07-08-2015 04:09 PM

I have a marking knife that I don’t like. Just not comfortable and blade not at proper angle for ease of use.

I also have a bevel gauge that doesn’t lock as easily as it should – I need to use pliers to tighten the wingnut.

Not impressed with Crown.

-- Matt, Northern CA

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#14 posted 07-08-2015 06:02 PM

I have their burnisher and scraping cards. I am okay with them.
I did use the burnisher on LV scraper cards and they work fine too. But I bought them 6 years ago.

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#15 posted 07-08-2015 06:44 PM

I have their burnisher and it seems to work fine for me, never used another though. The ferrule came loose, though… it was just dimpled to keep it in place, I’ll have to glue it back on.

-- Allen, Colorado

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