This morning's spam from Woodworking magazine announces the Woodpeckers
bevel gauge... the 7" is $70 and the 12" is $100. No batteries but the
locking handle is in the end of the body. Looks like it's a one time run of
these things and you have to order pre-production by 3/5.
locking gizmo seems more useful than knowing the
angle in 1/10s of degrees via a display... but that's just me thinking about
how I used these things.
Red aluminum and stainless are pretty ugly, in my eyes, compared to the
blued steel and rosewood of my most used bevel gauge. I cannot envision a
nice patina developing on aluminum and stainless... However, that locking
lever is cool... and having a bespoke tool is a neat idea. ;~)
Yeah it is an intended limited run but that is not a certainty. They
have repeated the run on the "one time" 50" rule 2 times now. Basically
there have been 3 deadlines to order. But to be safe you better order
now if you want one.
"It is a mistake to think
that a particular tool
is only good or bad
or useful or not
No tool is ever useful
at all times
So, if you have to ask
why you would want it
you probably don't ...
Maybe some day you will
and maybe you won't"
ANON .. :)
I have a little $5 plastic and stainless job (just like that) which I
used before the electronic bevel gauge came to me from LVT. Both have
their places, and I'm not going to ever consider a ripoff price like
Bridge City charges. Yuckin fuppies overcharging yuppies. <sigh>
OK, some of their products are well engineered, but...if we priced our
shop output at their prices, simple end tables would cost $23K.
The ultimate result of shielding men from folly
is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer
It tool is way way way overly complex to measure an angle accurately and
while it is expensive it seems under priced given it complexity and
their normally high prices.
If you have a need for their tools many are worth the investment. I
have 7 different BC tools, including a first in a series of one time
tools, the Squivel.
Sorry "Squevel". Like that would help. LOL
The information on this discontinued first of a series commemorative
tools is lacking these days but it is a tri-square with a small t-bevel
in the handle. It also has a "lucky" new penny embedded in the handle.
If I shake it I can hear it. I have never used the tool figuring it
might some day be worth something.
A better picture here,
Mad sometime in 1993.
I hope you got that as a work of art.
It's original price while high, and very high back then, might be worth it.
But I wouldn't. You do seem to have the best tools Leon. Can I come over
and borrow some 8>)
On 2/16/2012 2:28 PM, Leon wrote:
I only wish my son gets bitten by the working wood bug, but I don't
think he has it. Computers are his thing. He has a disorder that makes
his hands shake so bad that watching him try to hold a screw driver is
He wanted to do some soldering for his computer... he could not get the
solder to the joint, nor the tip of the iron to stay on the joint.
My tools will be sold at some garage sale or ebay... Too bad, I do have
a few really nice tools. Lie Nielsen planes, Veritas Planes, I have
about a 1/2 dozen baileys and sweet hearts. I started collecting wooden
planes, molding planes..etc I can't put my finger on my most prized
tool, but it isn't my power collection which right now only lacks a lathe.
My work bench will probably stay with him. It's a solid workbench.
I have some really nice Disston saws before they turned to crap. Some
real beauties with awesome handles.
On 2/16/2012 8:12 PM, Leon wrote:
Well my son so far has not gotten the bug, fortunately he has no
physical challenges. He does like for me to build for him however. I
have ofter referred to him as "my retirement plan" although I was
thinking a bit differently than selling him furniture. ;~) He is a
busy guy, by Wednesday of this week he had already put in 40 hours, busy
season. He put in several days last week that were 18 hour days. Busy
season for a CPA working for a "big 4" public accounting firm. Perhaps
when he gets more time and settles down a bit he will be more interested.
I have told my son the same, he will inherit enough tools to start to
take over a furniture making business.
NOW you tell me. I just bought one from Rockler at full price plus shipping.
I should check out the other wood places first. However it works fine and
very accurate. All my squares checked out the same and the 45 degree
settings also. Uses a #2032 button battery. Lined up my table saw blade at
90 degrees. Joints fit better now. WW
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