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06-09-2011 04:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: magnifier question

Shopping for magnifiers to help read grain, check chisel edges and scraper burrs, etc. What magnification is best? 2X, 3X, 10X? Loupe style, attached to a lamp, or with a handle?

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 04:26 AM

Trying to read grain and check chisel edges may not be the best idea for one magnifier glass. For grain, if you need a mag I would say a low magnification like and 2 or 3x. However, if you’re looking at chisel and plane irons I would use much, much higher magnification. 30x would be a good start, 50x would be better. This may seem extreme but if you’re getting to the level of looking at your edges under magnification then you need to use real magnification.

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 04:27 AM

use your finger,

a blind person could do it

the only time I use magnification is to see the sharp edge hit wood and remove small spots,
like carving, paint and touch up.

they sit on your head like a baseball hat only the visor … maginified glasses

why would any one have to look at a chisles edge, a scrapers edge, an irons edge and wonder if its sharp ?

otherwise….............simple magnifying glass with a handle

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 04:38 AM

”why would any one have to look at a chisles edge, a scrapers edge, an irons edge and wonder if its sharp ?”

You don’t have to look at it and wonder, you look at it and know. I don’t use a mag on a regular basis to check sharpness, however, when you are doing very precise work you don’t want variations across the blade, no matter how small.

As an aside, when I say I don’t use it regularly I should have said I hardly ever use it, but that isn’t to say that it doesn’t serve a purpose for the work some do.

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#4 posted 06-09-2011 05:29 AM

Check this post…

Philip Marcou references one of these related to checking plane blades

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 06-09-2011 08:31 AM

It looks to me like you want to look at more than just chisel edges ! Am I right ?
In general , there times when you want to see something up close (magnified) . I have three differant ,head band type ,magnifiers, but 3 or 4 years ago I picked these up at HF , Head Strap Magnifier with Work Light
So now I just reach for these, 4 ,interchangeable lenses ,with storage box, Magnifications: 1.2x, 1.8x, 2.5x and 3.5x, and you can snap in more than one lens at a time to increase magnification . They are fully adjustable, and comfortable, and only $10.00
Acrylic lenses ,to date have no scratches. The light works fine (not super bright), and is adjustable,and ( comes in handy ,working on electronics), with replaceable batteries.
I don’t recommend to many things from HF ,but ,I do recommend these.

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#6 posted 06-09-2011 11:11 AM

i find that if your chisel can shave the hair off the back of your hand then it is sharp enough to deal with most jobs

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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#7 posted 06-09-2011 02:50 PM

When I am putting a burr on a scrapper I know it is right when I can feel it with my finger and can’t see it with my eyes.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 06-09-2011 04:25 PM

Thanks EJ, something like those is what I’m needing to get for those times when I do work with small parts and screws.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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