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Forum topic by Sac posted 07-07-2008 01:36 PM 1035 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2008 01:36 PM

Good morning folks, ummm coffeeeeeeee ..... Having my second cup of joe. Not much to say this morning. One thing I thought about mentioning is magnets. I bid on and won a couple of auctions last month on Ebay for magnets. U have used several of them on the tools I have. For instance I use them to hold my table say wrenchs on the side of the fence. I use them to hold the chucks on the drill press’s. I have 3 magnetic tool bars. OIne is on the assemple bench, another at the lathe and the third I will have on another bench where a bench top drill press is located as well as the bench grinder, dremel tool and wood burning tools are. I’ve never thought much about it but is there any tools I need to be aware of that a magnet should not be used in a wood shop? I haven’t a clue but I have another 40 or so magnets I plan on using in the shop once I find a use for them.

Another question I have been asking myself. Can a t-square somehow get out of square? There is a fellow that has offered me one for free. He says it may not be square. The he goes on to tell me that he is pretty sure it is out of square. I have seen the t-square but have not handled it. It is 4ft and where the measurement rule meets the square it is some type of small weld that joins the two. So for the life of me I can’t figure out how it couldn’t be square. He isn’t a wood worker but he did build some cabinets for his house using this. He really has not explained to me how it is out of square or why he thinks it is other than just saying he thought it was not square anymore. You thoughts and opinions please.

Our Nations birthday has come and gone. The gardens are starting to produce nicely. Corn will be ready in a week to 10 days. the Spaghetti squash is about ready. We’re already getting several other squash and veggies out og the garden which is nice. We’ve frozen several pounds of tomatoes and beans already. Ummmm I love fresh veggies.

Hats off to you folks! I hope you have a great Monday or Tuesday depending on which country you reside in.

-- Jerry

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#1 posted 07-07-2008 03:06 PM

I love magnets as well, but I haven’t thought of too many places to use them in the shop or in furniture.

As for the square, sure they can go out of whack, or can even be built and sold out of square to begin with. But that’s easy enough to check. Line the square up on a straight edge, like a workbench, and draw a pencil line along the blade of the square. Flip the square over and draw another line next to the first one. If the two lines are parallel, you got yourself a square. If not, you got a pretty close. A pretty close makes a decent straight edge, but that’s about it!

-- Eric at

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#2 posted 07-07-2008 03:51 PM


It almost sounds like the square could have been the type used by drywall installers. They are, what Eric called,- “Pretty Close”, however they do work well for laying out rough cuts on 4×8 sheets of plywood.

As far as magnets go, unless you have a computer or TV in your shop, I can’t think of any place that magnets could cause damage. I stuck a magnet on my table saw push stick. That way it stays in place on the table while it is waiting to be used.

How’s the finger?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-07-2008 04:19 PM

Thanks for the idea Eric. I’ll check this square out when I get it later on today.

I’m kinda like you Eric. I try to think of ideas and the Lew gives a great one. Thanks Lew. I’ll attach a couple to the push blocks as well.

Thanks for asking the Lew. It is doing much better. So not to get off topic here I’ll hit that post up.

-- Jerry

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#4 posted 07-07-2008 04:24 PM

If it’s just a normal framing square, and is only a little out of square, it can be made square by using a center punch on either side of the angle depending on which way you want the blade to go. I’ve only done it with one square, but it worked out OK.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#5 posted 07-08-2008 05:12 AM

Jerry, you can test the T-square by holding it against another square or some material you know to be square like machind mdf or ply.
I use magnets a lot. They come in handy for holding jigs against your machine when not in use. I use a wooden jig on the bandsaw to assist clamping a jig to it, i have embedded a magnet in the jig so it will hold in place.
Magnetic tool holders are good as well.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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