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Project by DouginVa posted 05-17-2020 10:33 PM 1152 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pinch rods made from lyptus and solid brass that I purchased from Crucible tools (Lost Art Press – of Christopher Schwarz…..Anarchist Tool Chest, etc.).

Very simple to make. It does require some fine tuning with a sharp hand plane so the rods will slide smoothly through the brass channels. Each rod is 32” long and when fully extended it’ll give you approximately 60” of reach.

Wood is sapele with a coat of Danish oil.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-18-2020 12:06 AM

Those are cool. I made a couple different sized ones and never knew they were called pinch rods.

Nice work on them…..................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 05-18-2020 12:09 AM

That brass is really nice… much better than the black Veritas…

However, how the hell does one transfer the measurement to a tape measure. Balancing the tip of the tape-measure on the rod’s tip a a total PIA.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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DouginVa

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#3 posted 05-18-2020 11:22 AM

@ LittleBlackDuck; you don’t measure, that’s just it. As Christopher Schwarz says, I never measure. With pinch rods you open them up to reach into the opposite inside corners of a cabinet case, then lock the rods down with the screw. Then you pull them out and put them in to the other set of opposite corners. If they fit, and are not short or too long, your cabinet is square. The very same principle as measuring (with a tape measure) of the outside corners of a cabinet to determine if the case is square…...except you don’t have to read the tape measure or remember the distance. The pinch rods do that for you.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 05-18-2020 01:30 PM

Thanks DV... Yep, I’ve been using mine wrong all this time… While occasionally I have used them to check square, I then tried to take measurements off them…
Primarily I use them to check the width of drawers from side to side inside the dados,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Madmark2

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#5 posted 05-18-2020 01:39 PM

Inside measurements are what I use my Lufkin “red end” folding rule with extension for.


Try measuring inside corners with a tape!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 05-18-2020 02:12 PM



Inside measurements are what I use my Lufkin “red end” folding rule with extension for.
- Madmark2

I no speak imperial!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Madmark2

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#7 posted 05-18-2020 02:19 PM

Just multiply by 2-1/2 and call it cm. Oh yeah, you need to flip it around since you’re upover.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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DouginVa

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#8 posted 05-18-2020 02:20 PM

I had a brain fart…..the wood is lyptus, not Sapele.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#9 posted 05-18-2020 04:23 PM

Sweet!!!

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#10 posted 05-18-2020 06:30 PM

Beautiful. Tempted by Crucible again.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#11 posted 05-18-2020 10:01 PM

oh. that’s a pinch rod. Thanks. Now I know.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 05-19-2020 01:51 AM

Great tool DouginVa. I use my wooden rule but sometimes if I bump it or when I remove it at an angle it can move.
Your rods are more accurate. No movement.

Since I make cabinets it could be a useful tool.

If I get some time I think I’ll make one. I’ll put it on my todo list..

-- James E McIntyre

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