I bought one of these about a month ago when Lee Valley sent me an e-mail
flyer on it. I usually don't buy new tools without seeing, touching, and
feeling them first to be able to determine how good they really are, but my
trust in Lee Valley, combined with the very reasonable price, made me jump
at the chance to have one.
I'm amazed how handy this new tool has become, and I keep finding new uses
for it. Today I used it to accurately set a 26.5 degree angle on my mitre
gauge. Last week I used it to determine the exact angle of a wall corner (96
degrees) so that I could easily cut moulding to fit around it on the first
try (when you own an old house you have a lot of odd wall angles). I
couldn't have gotten either fit as close without this little gauge, which
has significantly improved the accuracy of my angular woodworking. It's a
bit larger than my old bevel gauge, but when it's size has posed a problem
I've just used it to set or measure the angle of my old bevel gauge, which
then easily fits in the smaller spaces. Thanks Rob. You've done it again.
From their site:
"Due to overwhelming response to our 30th Anniversary special offer for
March, this digital angle finder has sold out.
We apologize for any disappointment or inconvenience. We have ordered
additional stock, which is due to arrive by
the end of June. Once stock is received, we will make this offer available
It is a neat tool, I ordered on 3 or 4 weeks ago. The only down fall I have
seen so far is that the display is blocked on low angle measurements. The
window in the arm is better than nothing but still gets in the way.
Actually I wanted a better and or replacement for a cheapo t-bevel that I
have. It fills that bill splendidly.
The "King" of that sort of tool is probably this critter:
I saw this tool at a show put on my Bosch and I was
amazed at what it could do.
Of course it's a "wee" bit more than the Lee Valley tool.
Mine isn't digital, and doesn't have a rosewood handle with brass
Does have a blued steel blade, a molded plastic handle, was hanging on
the wall at Home Depot, sold for about $5.00, and best of all, it's
accurate when used to make angular measurements to duplicate on
BTW, IMHO, trying to do a layout using angular measurements, is asking
Do a few trig calculations, use a compass, lay out the linear
measurements to get the angle.
BTDT, then bought the Lee Valley gizmo. Actually, I bought three of 'em
- gave the first to my BIL, then panic'd and bought two more (one for
myself and one as a gift for a friend who has helped beyond the call of
duty on a number of projects).
Last week, I needed to cut some tubing (you can see the application at
the link in my sig) at *exactly* 67.5 degrees so I set the gauge and
marked a 5" wide plywood scrap that I used to set the fence-to-blade
angle in a horizontal band saw. Duck soup - it was dead on the first time!
I'm pretty sure that I could have done it another way, but that was an
awful lot of "quick, easy, and deadly accurate" for $20 - and I didn't
waste any material in the process.
I like it!
On Fri, 20 Jun 2008 19:35:56 -0700 (PDT), Searcher7
Bear in mind that none of these gauges is going to do you any good if
your saw blade is tapered from the hub to the root of the teeth.. (My
Freud glue-line rip blade falls in that category.)
Ditto ... I bought one trying to keep up with Leon [on the small stuff,
can't compete of the Festool level :) ] and find this gadget real handy,
although a bit bigger than I anticipated.
Sure makes dialing those 22 1/2 degree corner projects easy to dial in, with
Boy, wish I had one of those last week. Friend is building several
railroad trestle bridges for his model train set (20' x 20' room,
multiple layers), required hundreds of small wooden pieces cut at very
small angles. Set up the bandsaw tilting the table with a fence block
stop, cutting off five to ten at a time, but the hardest part was
reading the bevel gage witness marks. Magnifying glass and several
sets of ancient eyes finally got it done.....
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