Angle Checker

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Review by Don W posted 09-20-2011 06:18 PM 3745 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bought this angle checker being I was ordering a bunch of other stuff from Woodcraft. I’ve seen these almost everywhere so I figured it would be handy to have at my sharpening bench. Bottom line, it just doesn’t work. When you slide a plane blade in (even a thick iron) it goes into the hole cut at the end so the angle of the blade really doesn’t register. You can pull it back some and “eye ball” it, but if your going to eye ball it, you might as well just use a piece of wood.

Don’t waste your money.

I’m back to using this, and figure its the best way anyhow;

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#1 posted 09-20-2011 06:27 PM

Chalk another one up to “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-20-2011 07:26 PM

I’ve seen those around. They do look handy, so i don’t blame you.
Actually it’s that steel protractor you have that i want.
I think you just saves a bunch of us $10.

-- Anthony

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#3 posted 09-20-2011 07:30 PM

If your looking for something to help you better with finding bevel angles I would suggest checking out one of those digital angle cubes. A number of companies make them. I got mine through woodcraft and I want to say I only paid somewhere between 20 and 30 dollars for it.

I use mine to set the bevels on all of my irons and chisels and it works great for me. As long as you have it set on a level surface it will read out the exact angle for you. Its got magnets on it so I can place the cube on a plane iron then have my other two hands free to lock the iron in my eclipse jig once I am at the angle I want. Very helpful tool for sharpening. I wouldn’t be without it.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#4 posted 09-20-2011 08:08 PM

I totally agree.
someone bought me one of those angle checkers many years ago… I had the same experience so now it lives on my pegboard and hasn’t been used in a long time…. it did look useful, just didn’t live up to expectations.

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#5 posted 09-20-2011 08:54 PM

Yes i got one of those been collecting dust for ages…........

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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#6 posted 09-20-2011 11:53 PM

Thank you …I’m sure WoodCraft would take it back under their satisfaction guarantee.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 09-21-2011 04:13 AM

I bought the same gauge and had exactly the same experience. Think I got it from Rockler. It appears to be a Chinese copy of the Veritas gauge at that probably doesn’t work either. I note the gauge is useful for chisels which are generally a lot thicker than plane irons.

I also use the metal protractor as in the photo. It works OK for angles greater than 25 degrees but for lower angles the bar falls off the end. I also own a precision vernier protractor that is even worse at setting up small angles. I could make my own angle gauge out of plexiglass or aluminum. I have found that for small angles it is much easier to lay out a triangle with rise and run appropriate for the angle, than to use a protractor.

Never thought about using my Wixey gadget. I’ll try that.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#8 posted 09-21-2011 12:33 PM

I have this one and have also used the Veritas one. I like them both, and use them frequently. It looks like that clone simply has slightly larger openings making it harder to register the angle. That said, I don’t normally use them for plane blades anyway, as wb notes above, I use it for chisels.

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#9 posted 09-24-2011 01:21 AM

Thanks for the tips. I have seen thouse and almost bought one ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 09-30-2011 03:06 AM

I have one, and I used it today when I sharpened up some coworkers’ chisels at work. It’s a quick way to see the primary bevel so I can set up the Veritas honing guide I use. I pretty much have it near my stones at all times.

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