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Small carpenter square that is actually square!

Small carpenter square that is actually square!

10-08-2020 12:06 AM by SMP | 8 comments »

After buying and returning a bunch of small carpenters squares from the big box stores that were not square, i decided to splurge and buy one of these from DFM Toolworks. They were out of stock on DFM’s site but Amazon had some in stock. Upon opening the box I was impressed with the packaging and little foam block that is precision cut to hold both of their small squares and the pins etc. First thing i wanted to check though was square, as all of the other name brands from the big box stor...

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A custom made scabbard for a vintage take down square.

A custom made scabbard for a vintage take down square.

09-23-2020 05:29 PM by theoldfart | 11 comments »

I recently got a Southington Hardware take down square. it is in mint shape with a gun blue finish with white lettering. I really want to keep it in good shape so chucking it into my tool chest is not an option. I had seen some well made chisel roles and workshop aprons from Don Frensdorrf. I took a chance and contacted Don to see if he could make a case for my square. He asked for dimensions a picture so I sent them to him along with the original catalogue page along with a pic from an Ebay...

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Elementary Dear Wats on Thread

Elementary Dear Wats on Thread

09-14-2020 01:08 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 17 comments »

Boys and Girls Father’s day has just passed in Australia, however, that doesn’t mean there’s no Father’s Day in the US some day in the future and you can put this on your wish list or do yourself a favour, have quite a few drinks, order it online, go to bed and it’ll be a surprise present when you sober up later. This “tool” is not a must have but fall into the bloody handy asset category especially if you believe there are more than 1/4” nuts and bolts in the world. I purchase...

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Fantastic squares and customer service

Fantastic squares and customer service

08-14-2020 05:04 PM by eruby | 7 comments »

I decided to give these bench squares a chance even though iGaging stuff gets mixed reviews here. I decided to get the set with 4 and 7 inch squares because I am a sucker for marketing. Total cost shipped to the house was ~$77 from https://www.chipsfly.com/. They also sell the squares individually (w/out the snazzy case and pencil) or in metric as a set (100mm and 175mm) Bottom Line Up FrontFor those that don’t care to read what follows, these things are square, the markings are a...

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iGaging 4" and 6" Squares From Taylor Tools--Buy Something Else

iGaging 4" and 6" Squares From Taylor Tools--Buy Something Else

07-27-2020 12:13 AM by jayseedub | 22 comments »

$35 for two squares probably should have told me something, but Taylor Tools gets great respect online, so I thought the deal would be worth it—but it’s not. Yes, the squares are indeed accurate. They come in individual plastic cases. The markings are good. They work, and to the degree that they do what they are supposed to do, $35 probably is a good deal. But the locking mechanism—the knurled nut—is terrible. Terrible. It actually feels sharp in my fingers ...

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Very Nice Dial Caliper

Very Nice Dial Caliper

06-17-2020 07:54 PM by BobHinden | 8 comments »

I was given this as a birthday present from my daughter. I really like it. The analog dial is much easier to use than my digital gauge, no trying to deal with results in 1/128”. It is accurate and repeatable. The action is a little rough, but not enough to be a problem. The dial reads in fractions down to 1/64” and in decimals to .01”. A bonus feature, is the fixed part also includes a mm scale. That is useful to me as my shop is a mixture of imperial and metri...

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Better than my Wixey

Better than my Wixey

06-04-2020 01:34 AM by sansoo22 | 9 comments »

I got this little Klein angle finder as a birthday gift about a week ago and I love it. I like it so well in fact I went thru my compound sliding miter saw and set all of the bevel stops I will probably never even use. There isn’t a whole lot to say about a digital angle finder so I will just make a pros and cons list. Pros: As of right now its 10 bucks cheaper than the Wixey on Amazon The magnet is stronger than the Wixey. For someone that knocks stuff off benches and saws...

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One of my favorite layout tools

One of my favorite layout tools

04-11-2020 01:20 AM by CharlesA | 3 comments »

I’ve been making four chairs for the screened in porch, so I’ve been laying out many pieces with layout lines on multiple faces. I can’t tell you how convenient this square is. I wish it had measurments in inches, but other than that, it is nearly perfect. You’ll never know how you lived without it. Here is a link to the Amazon listing.

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Precision and Durability

Precision and Durability

03-14-2020 10:01 PM by EllenWoodHead | 6 comments »

I found a nice deal on Ebay for this set, about half the retail price. My old Stanley combination square was overdue for retirement. It was funky, with lots of slop and no smoothness. I jammed it with toothpicks to hold the head more or less square. The Starrett set is in a different league. All the heads operate smoothly, and when I tighten them they stay put, and do not move out of adjustment. It is a treat to not have to fight them. For me the Starrett difference is they feel wonderf...

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Whiteside Brass Set Up Gauges

Whiteside Brass Set Up Gauges

11-11-2019 05:13 PM by PPK | 13 comments »

I’m posting this review because these simple “tools” are perhaps one of the best $10 I’ve spent in a long time. These bars save a lot of time, and frustration. Simple brass bars in imperial increments. Use them for setting up the router, the table saw, mortising machine… anything that needs to be lined up accurately.Per my calipers, they are exactly the dimensions advertised. I used to use my rule or tape measure to get things set up, but I often ran int...

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