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2618 days ago

I put this piece together some tiime ago to help out some people starting up a forum but they never managed to get it off the ground.
Perhaps it may be of some use to you folks in deciding the next tool to buy.
I use mine regularly.

cheers Bob

http://www.members.shaw.ca/boboswin/public/WixeyBevelgaugeobservations/index.html

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#1 posted 2617 days ago

Thanks Bob! I was going to order one of these in the next few days. They seem invaluable…I’m going to buy one right now based on that demo as it gives an in-the-shop viewpoint that I was looking for. Thanks!

...nuts, BusyBee won’t have them until the end of the month. I have to wait 6 days! I’m not good at this part…waiting!

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#2 posted 2617 days ago

Hi Tom:
I understand that Lee Valley now has a simiilar one made by Beal.
Busybee was supposed to be getting one with their brand on it too?
Make sure the other ones have an auto shut off built in for the battery.

Cheers

Bob

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#3 posted 2617 days ago

Oh yeah, LV has one that looks similar…this might be worth a look. Thanks for a second “heads up” Bob!

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#4 posted 2617 days ago

I’ve got the Wixley and it is great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 2617 days ago

Hi guys – I was going to get my wife to buy me one of these for my birthday. Have any of you done any real accurate comparative measurements with these gauges apart from 000° , 045° and 090°.

I currently use a vernier protractor, which is very accurate down to 6 min (0.1°), but it is not alway convinient or will not fit against the blade snugly due to its size. we used have this type of guage for building aircraft, they were called inclinometers – and they inclied to be VERY VERY VERY expensive

So any comments on its accracy would be greatly appreciated

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#6 posted 2617 days ago

Hi Tony:
I don’t know if this will help you decide but I do some segmented turnings that depend on rather acccurate angles .
For instance , an 8 segmented part must be right to 22.5 ° each side.
I can get the full circle without a spec of daylight now.
Same with 16 segments at 11.2 ° ( only accurate to 1 decimall) plenty good for woodwork in my opinion.

Bob
http://picasaweb.google.com/boboswin/SegmentAlbum/photo#5068273131126561858(segmented bowl)!

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#7 posted 2617 days ago

I’ve read nothing but good things about these – though mine still remains unused – but not for long…

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#8 posted 2617 days ago

Hi Bob

Fantastic looking bowl. You hit the nail on the head – sometimes tools can be very accurate at certain points (optimized), but between these points they can become non-linear. It sounds as if you do have a very accurate measuring gauge and product.

You are seeing the same accuracy as I can about 6 minutes of accuracy – which is more than accurate for wood working generally. Just think our grand fathers used to do this with a protractor or a compass – ½ degree accuracy at best – and they produced fantastic furniture.

I was also looking at the digital depth gauge (planer) and the digital measure for the Table saw and one for my RAS. My eye sight is not what it used to be. If they are making one very good product, then they should all be good. Thanks for your feedback it is appreciated – especially being so far away from the “pulse” – we have to rely upon you guys over there to keep us informed with the “truth” about the products.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#9 posted 2617 days ago

Tony, I have the Wixey Digital Depth Gauage on my Planer and the Wixey Digital
Angle Finder – Both work great. I’m also considering ordering another Depth Gauge for my Drum Sander – it should work just as well as it does on the Planer.

Bob – nice looking bowl, did I say nice, I meant Great Looking Bowl. I think I noticed a Shop made drum sander in your album. Is that what it is? If so, would you happen to have the plans for it? It looks like something on the market called the Sand Flea I would love to have one, my drum sander is great for most jobs, but evey now and again I get one that is too tall for the drum sander.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#10 posted 2617 days ago

Hi Bill:
I made mine from a kit a couple of years ago.
I find I use it more than I thought for that final pass to take the scratches out and level the surfaces.
There are now 3 sizes and if I do it agian I will go for the 30” to cover just about everything I would do in my hobby shop.
http://www.nicks.ca/Toolkits.html#sander1(drum sander kits)!

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#11 posted 2617 days ago

Thanks for the info Bob…nice stuff!

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#12 posted 2617 days ago

I may have to get one of these. It sure beats checking the blade with a square. Thanks for the information, Bob.

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#13 posted 2617 days ago

Bob: Thanks for the info on the Sand Flea clone. It’s great to see someone making tools that work, in kit form.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#14 posted 2617 days ago

I bought the Wixley angle finder a few weeks ago, and it works great. Easy to use, just takes a few seconds to zero in and then set up your angle. I expect to be using it much more in my future projects when I have more angles to cut. But it is nice to check the saws are set at 90 degrees, and when cutting 45 degrees on the table saw.

My latest project was to build a small box that has angled bevel on top. I brought out the Wixley, zeroed it in, set the angle, and then cut the bevels with no problem. I then used the Wixley to reset the saw to 90 degrees. I think this can only help with my accuracy.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#15 posted 2616 days ago

Hi Bill:
I used mine the other day to take an awkard angle from an existing piece of furniture I wanted to duplicate.
The legs on this piece turned out to be splayed at 7 degrees to vertical.
It would have been much harder to pick that measurement up with traditional methods.

Bob

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