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Forum topic by Dallas posted 10-20-2011 01:49 AM 1590 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dallas

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10-20-2011 01:49 AM

For months and months I’ve been lusting after a Wixey digital angle guage to help me set my blade angles correctly.
Unfortunately, I had to put that off while my wife went to Myrtle Beach to care for her mother and father.

Then today I had a brain storm…. or maybe it was just gas, but I got to thinking about all the different apps available for I-Phone and Android phones.
Awhile back I had downloaded and installed one called “Bubble” which is a pretty accurate level and reads not only with a simulated bubble but also with digital readouts in two planes.

So, I calibrated it to my table top, (The room isn’t exactly level), and then set it against my table saw blade to 45°. Without looking at what the guide at the adjusting knob was reading, I cut several pieces of scrap. After checking them with a protractor, an old Stanley Combination square and a plastic drafting triangle I came to the conclusion that I was indeed, cutting true 45° bevels!
I’m not sure if this is the best possible use for my phone, but hey, at least I’m not texting and driving!

Here is the link for the app for Droid:
https://market.android.com/details?id=bz.ktk.bubble

And here’s another one that might be better:
https://market.android.com/details?id=net.androgames.level

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!


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SamuelP

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#1 posted 10-20-2011 02:16 AM

Nice.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 10-20-2011 02:16 AM

thats a great idea, just make sure to clean your phone after use as angle gauge

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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chrisstef

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#3 posted 10-20-2011 02:22 AM

its amazing what phones can do .. my wife just got a droid incredible .. it can hold our entire itunes library and play it back through her car speakers.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Dusty56

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#4 posted 10-20-2011 03:35 AM

Both of your links are exactly the same : )
Thanks for posting this : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Dallas

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#5 posted 10-20-2011 03:39 AM

Oops, I’ll see if I can find the other one again.

There, I fixed it!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Dallas

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#6 posted 10-20-2011 10:01 PM

—Hey~!! It’s a hobby. It’s not supposed to make sense.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Bertha

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#7 posted 10-20-2011 10:08 PM

I almost bought an iPhone but bought a Droid instead. He annoyed me a bit at first but he makes a nice French Toast on home baked bread.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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HorizontalMike

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#8 posted 10-20-2011 10:17 PM

WWxting, I just knew it! So texting and sexting just wasn’t enough….

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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DLCW

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#9 posted 10-21-2011 10:28 PM

Very cool! Thanks.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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twoblacklabs

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#10 posted 10-22-2011 12:06 AM

I have been toying with the same idea for my iphone. Thinking about making a little mdf holder so the bearing surface is larger. Just another one of the millions of thoughts running through my head.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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superstretch

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#11 posted 10-25-2011 03:57 PM

@chrisstef – she just got an incredible? You can’t get even get one of those Gen 1 devices from VZ anymore!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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WayneC

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#12 posted 10-25-2011 04:06 PM

I downloaded a similar application for the iPhone. iHandy Level. Looks interesting. Al, the iPhone probably would not have annoyed ya…. lol

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

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