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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 11-14-2018 04:53 AM 1742 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ColonelTravis

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11-14-2018 04:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bar gauge pinch rods diagonal sticks

From David Charlesworth’s DVD on making drawers (excellent to learn how to make fine-crafted drawers for furniture), it’s used to hold two sticks together for a bar gauge/pinch rods/etc. He calls them diagonal sticks. These are the best screen shots I could get:

This sort of measuring tool is wonderful and brainless for checking squareness in a box.

I don’t like using a tape measure for this job, I like the sticks. I’ve made my own bar gauge, I’ve bought a Rockler version and I don’t like either. Roy Underhill has made a version. I was considering ordering bar gauge heads from Veritas. But what I dislike about all the versions out there is that there are at least two parts (Rockler’s version has more parts you can put on the ends for measuring inside/outside, Veritas sells the same thing but it’s much nicer) – to me all these little parts are annoying, tiny, and I just don’t want to mess with them or store them. Anything in my garage smaller than 1 inch always, always at some point just disappears into a black hole. Charlesworth also has designed the ends of the sticks in a clever way that requires no tiny parts to function.

When I saw this clamp I thought – yes, exactly what I want. I don’t know what it’s called and I don’t know where to get one, if anywhere?

I’ve emailed David in the past and he’s responded, and I did ask him about this, but I thought I’d ask here also because I’m an impatient doofus.


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#1 posted 11-14-2018 05:08 AM

I’ve seen those clamps used to pinch hoses used in pond fountains and filters to regulate flow.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 11-14-2018 05:14 AM

I have a couple of the Veritas offerings. They work well and you can keep a variety of stick lengths. By using the brass pins, you can have a large bar gauge that can measure down to an inch or less. Sorry that doesn’t answer your question.

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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#3 posted 11-14-2018 06:33 AM

Its a Hoffman tubing clamp sold on Amazon…. I have the Veritas ones and like them.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31ZgbdRN7aL.jpg

SEOH 1.37inch(35mm) Nickel Plated Brass Hoffman Tubing Clamp
3.4 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Price: $7.49 & FREE Shipping. Details
New (3) from $7.16 & FREE shipping.

Also you can just use binder clips

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#4 posted 11-14-2018 07:04 AM

nice sleuthing, rustynails

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#5 posted 11-14-2018 08:46 AM



nice sleuthing, rustynails

- Johnny7

Just got lucky :)

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#6 posted 11-14-2018 09:41 AM

Can somebody please clamp wqwq’s neck with it?

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 11-14-2018 08:02 PM

Rusty FTW!
thank you, sir. I searched for all kinds of clamps but “tubing” wasn’t part of it.

Nothing against Veritas, I have spent a lot of money with them. Just wanted to try this way.

Found it for a little less on amazon, if anyone cares – $5.88 and free shipping.

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#8 posted 11-14-2018 08:40 PM

ColonelTravis, the one you linked to is way too small I think. The $7 one is 1.3 inches and the one you linked to is .3 inches

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#9 posted 11-14-2018 08:41 PM

The first review on Amazon reveals the real motivation CT ;-)

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#10 posted 11-18-2018 04:49 AM

I use them all the time I find it helps me stay focused when I am working the wood!

Do you wanna see a picture !!!

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 11-18-2018 12:01 PM

Could also cut down on those pesky bathroom breaks that interrupt the “flow” of your work!

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#12 posted 11-18-2018 08:23 PM


I use them all the time I find it helps me stay focused when I am working the wood!

Do you wanna see a picture !!!

- robscastle

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#13 posted 11-18-2018 08:25 PM


ColonelTravis, the one you linked to is way too small I think. The $7 one is 1.3 inches and the one you linked to is .3 inches

- brtech

You are correct. This one is indeed smaller than the one David uses and I wish I had been as careful reading the size difference as you were. You can still use it to make one, but I am sending it back for two reasons – I’d prefer the larger one and does this look like it’s made of brass? The description said brass.

No.

EDIT – actually, the larger one says nickel plated brass, so that might be what the small one is also, looks like some brass color coming through? Whatever. Going back.

If anyone wants mine for the reason Kenny highlighted, I can’t help you out, sorry. Sending it back.

Rob – thank you sir. I, ah, trust you without the photos!

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#14 posted 11-18-2018 08:27 PM

I love this site ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#15 posted 11-30-2018 09:50 AM

OK

-- Regards Rob

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