FWIW, Leon gave me one a few years ago, and, like the local drug dealer,
set the hook on another addiction.
(Unbeknownst to him I had already recently ordered the full monte model
I've found the smaller one I have to be much more handy and accurate
than the traditional story stick for setting up repeat cuts, and
particularly when used as a "bar gauge" for obtaining precise existing
interior measurements, and then transferring that accurately to a fence
Since I always carry a couple of homemade bar gauges in the truck,
because I use them constantly when adding and subtracting cabinets
components in kitchens and baths, I find the story stick pro to be
equally accurate, but a good deal more versatile:
Also useful, and makes it much easier, to reset a tool setup for those
times when you have to go back and redo a part.
Because they are marked with both metric and imperial, it removes the
necessity for doing imperial to metric conversions. which also makes it
real handy on site for the initial setup, and as a periodic check,
during batch cutting of cabinet parts with my TS75 track saw, and other
metric tools, when I don't have access to a table saw and fence.
And for furniture, when marking location of multiple mortises for
spindles in chairs backs and table aprons/rails.
Not a tool for everyone, but for someone who often has to make many
repeat and varied measurements and transfer them as accurately as
possible, particularly from existing cabinetry and furniture, definitely
a time, and material, saving device.
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