Sliding bevel gauge

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  • #553860

    Ed
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    Can anyone suggest a decent sliding bevel gauge? I’m frustrated with the ones I have. There are two critical criteria, 1) It mustn’t slip and 2) When fully extended, the blade and handle must remain flush regardless of how I rotate the blade. This lets me use a protractor accurately without there being an offset between the handle and blade. All of the gauges that I own have slop and, while you can monkey it out, that gets old when you’re trying to transfer a dimension.

    #553861

    Selva
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    Not sure this satisfies your criterion (ii) — away from the shop right now to check — but I have been very happy with this one:
    http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=32594&cat=1,42936,50298,43508

    Its aluminum, but well made, locks tight and having the locking mechanism at the end is so much more convenient than traditional designs.

    selva

    #553862

    Sven-Olof Jansson
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    Having used with both those that are locked by a screw at the bottom of the stock and those tightened by a screw on one of the faces of the stock, I have settled for Veritas’ two models, with nothing but a favourable experience.

    /Sven-Olof
    http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=32593&cat=1,42936,50298,43508,32593

    Sven-Olof Jansson
    London, UK; Cambridge, MA

    #553868

    Dave Ring
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    My hands down favorite bevel gauge is the old Stanley No.18.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/NICE-Stanley-Bevel-18/183573380721?hash=item2abdd37e71:g:~f4AAOSw2fRcCruG:rk:3:pf:0

    These were made in several different sizes.

    Sears used to market a similar one under the Craftsman name but the Stanley ones are somewhat sturdier.

    Dave

    #553887

    Ed
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    Thanks for the info. I’ve ordered the Shinwa, which is similar to the Stanley 18, and we’ll see how it goes. Even just today I almost had a bad measurement of an inside angle from this issue.

    #553899

    Matthew Newman
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    I bought a newer one from a big box store and it was useless because the thumb nut made it nearly impossible to properly tighten. I replaced it with a wing nut which made it much better so that might be an option too if yours is like that.

    -Matt

    #554070

    hobienick
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    I really like the cam lock versions, like the wooden handle Veritas posted earlier. You can find old Hold Fast versions on eBay.

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