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Software overview: Blue Spruce sliding bevel gauge

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Sliding bevel gauge by Blue Spruce, 4 in. and seven in.

A sliding bevel gauge is a must have on your software equipment. It’s most likely most related to laying out dovetails, however it turns out to be useful when working with angled joinery as effectively. It’s a easy software consisting of a beam and a pivoting blade with some approach to safe it. It actually solely must do one factor effectively, and that’s to carry its angle when you lock it in place. As well as, the locking mechanism shouldn’t get in the best way once you’re utilizing it. Whereas there are numerous gauges in the marketplace, most fail one or each of those checks. With this in thoughts, I used to be curious to check out the providing from Blue Spruce, which has a fame for turning out some good instruments. At first look, the match and end was stunning, and I used to be completely satisfied to see a lock-down knob on the underside of the beam, the place it’s safely out of the best way throughout use. I used to be even happier to see that with average strain to the knob, the blade held firmly in place. Whilst you can spend much less for a bevel gauge, I’m undecided you’ll discover one which works as effectively.

—Michael Pekovich is FWW’s editor and artistic director.

Photograph: Michael Pekovich

From High quality Woodworking #290

Bevel-gauge basics

Easy software tames any angle

Workshop Tip: Check and set hand tools with an angle finder

This tip works nice on sliding bevels, miter gauges, and squares.

A Basic Layout Kit

Nicely-made furnishings and cupboards begin with correct structure instruments

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