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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Some measuring tools

Just a quick post about some measuring tools.
A set of winding sticks. Something that no hand tool shop should be without.

I sawed these marks into the top as a visual cue for alignment.

The main body of each stick is a dark wood, with a strip of maple across one of them for a contrast. The light strip helps you to see the stick when checking your board.
The top square is a 6" Starrett. The lower is a 9" Stanley SW no. 21. Both of these are antiques, and are very accurate.

Stanley no. 62 folding rule. If you've read The Joiner and Cabinetmaker you've probably spent at least a little time looking for one of these. The weekend after I read that book, I found two.

Marking gauges. The top one is a generic tool that many hardware stores carry. The lower one is a Veritas 3-in-1 gauge.

The LV gauge with the wheel installed. Note how the screw that holds the wheel does not protrude past the edge of the wheel. This is handy when taking a depth measurement.

The big fall down for this gauge is that the screw sticks out past the cutting wheel. From the factory, the wheel is also a sloppy fit, I added a couple of shims to fix that. It's definitely not the best gauge in the world.

The LV gauge with the cutter installed. I like the idea of a cutting gauge. It does take some getting used to, as it protrudes a lot more than a wheel. I'm still trying to get the hang of it.

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