Empire Bevel Gauge Needs a Washer . (resolved)

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Forum topic by RonInOhio posted 06-23-2013 10:33 PM 936 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2013 10:33 PM

Nothing burns me more than buying a simple device , with one simple job , and the device
fails miserably.

I’m referring to the Empire aluminum bevel gauges . I purchased two of these at HD
a while back and neither one will let me tighten the knob without getting out pliers or

Trying by hand does not tighten the joint on the tool enough and it will invariably move from
the measured angle before you can transfer it to your work.

The design flaw seems to be the edges of the tightening knob do not have a deep enough tread
filed into them for your finger to any leverage. Maybe some type of washer needs to be placed
in-between the tightening knob and the bevel.

Here is the Johnson bevel gauge.

Any suggestions ? Maybe I will replace the knob with a wing nut. I have an older Johnson bevel gauge
that I have using instead, and it has a wing nut. The only draw-back is you can only use the gauge
from one side due to the wing nut sticking out.

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#1 posted 06-23-2013 11:39 PM

Maybe something like one of these ( ) will work for you. They aren’t fancy but for me at least they’re far more useful than the sliding models.

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#2 posted 06-24-2013 01:24 AM

I have one or two of that style.

Old ones work better. Some have a thumb lever on the
joint that gets in the way sometimes.

The best designs have a screw on the end or a widget
that folds away into the side after tightening. You
can find these on ebay. The Stanley no. 18 is a
good one.


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#3 posted 06-24-2013 01:33 AM

I have a Stanley #18. I’m not sure why all bevels aren’t designed like the #18?

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#4 posted 06-24-2013 05:02 AM

Have you tried the washer yet?

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#5 posted 06-24-2013 05:39 AM


Not yet. I got by using the older Johnson bevel. This evening I was caught up putting trim
and doors on a shed lean-to and couldn’t find the Johnson. Finally I remembered where I left

I will post an update when I try the washers in the Empire bevels.

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#6 posted 06-24-2013 06:30 AM

Well I put a washer in and it seems to have done the trick. Much easier to tighten now and
stays tight. Wasn’t exactly rocket science, but you would think they would come with a
washer already in it.

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