Simple Crab Measuring Tool

  • Advertise with us
Project by Mark828 posted 02-15-2013 02:06 AM 5041 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m new to this site and fairly new to woodworking too, I posted a thread on were to begin and someone suggested that I start making things that I could use. So based on the fact that my last one now rests gently at the bottom of the bay, a new one is a necessity for the new season coming up.

It’s made from 3/4 inch ply and I’m glad I went with that instead of this cherry board I was considering because first, I’m sure this one will end up with the last one eventually, and second, I like the way the different woods look against each other, especially where the finger grooves are. I cut the rough shape with the band saw and the rest was done with hand sanding, and a whole lot of it. Made the grooves by holding it by the handle, marking each side of every finger to get the width and the tip of the finger to get the right angle, then i starting sanding away. Stopped after it felt comfortable. After some research on the inter-web on finishes I decided boiled linseed oil was the way to go for minor protection.

What I learned: Definitely helped me get the hang of the saw, had troubles with the blade bending every which way, which made it hard to stay on track. Possibly because its an 1/8th inch blade? Also, Time and Patience will yield better result, I was just going cut the shape sand it a little and call it a day but that wouldn’t have taught me anything new. Sanding in those grooves and finishing it really added a good touch and boy am I darn proud of myself haha.

I know it’s small, but I enjoyed myself! Hope ya’ll all like it.

6 comments so far

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

30567 posts in 3216 days

#1 posted 02-15-2013 03:07 AM

Good job. What you build today is just a small beginning to tomorrow.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View Rockbuster's profile


499 posts in 3486 days

#2 posted 02-15-2013 01:37 PM

Nice job on the project, are we talking Blue Crabs here?? Yum,Yum, I’ll trade you some nice lumber for a bushel of em. Haven’t had any of them for quite awhile.

Welcome to LJ’s best woodworking site that I ever seen.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

View JoeinGa's profile


7741 posts in 2885 days

#3 posted 02-15-2013 01:45 PM

CRABS! Did somebody mention CRABS? Where? Where?


-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

View lew's profile


13190 posts in 4633 days

#4 posted 02-15-2013 04:25 PM


The “Bay” crabs are good but you can’t beat Chesapeake Bay oysters!!

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

View Mark828's profile


95 posts in 2806 days

#5 posted 02-15-2013 05:37 PM

Yes Sir! Crabbing wasn’t so good last season, hopefully that record number of juveniles had time to grow nice a big for this year.

View kenn's profile


813 posts in 4598 days

#6 posted 02-16-2013 03:24 AM

I think you’ll find the narrow blades, 1/4 ” or smaller, can be hard to keep in the bandsaw’s guides. That makes them hard to control. A scroll saw excels at those tight curves or make some relief cuts perpidicular to the desired radius to provide room for the blades to turn, which might let you use a wider blade. Good luck with both the woodworking and the crabbing.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics