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Old-School Board Stretching Trick

In the process of building the sliding till for a tool chest (which was started by Chris Schwarz and will be auctioned off when I'm done with it…

Old School Framing Square Trick #1

One of the primary uses of the framing square is to create slope lines for calculating unknowns--not necessarily in all cases to high precision, but to get you…

Sine Curves the Easy Way

  To develop the curves in the various brackets--here the support for the back fence on the lid of a correspondence desk-- I followed the ancient practice of…

Mark Marks the Spot

In the last post I showed you the layout marking tools that not only marked points and lines, but made physical indications of divots or lines in the…

X Marks the Spot

To be precise, the "pointy sticks" X-1 through X-8 marks the spot. All these layout marking tools do the job, but all in a somewhat different way to…

Scale of Chords Upgrade

After using the scale for a while, I decided to give it a few new features:  Paper-rivet lined hang-up holes and two index points for setting the dividers…

The Sector: For Free and For Sale!

If you haven’t heard of the sector, it probably means you aren’t an artillery officer or a ship’s navigator working in the 17th century! An invention attributed to…

Not all Dimensions Have or Need Numbers

Unless I'm setting up a machine, I rarely go to numerical dimensions to set up cutlines. Instead, I either hold the stock directly to the required "magnitude" as…

Working to Plans… or not.

A wise woman once said, "Plans take all the fun out and make it seem like work". Eight years ago I stopped using plans. My idea was to…

The Ellipse Stick Trick

Here's a really quick way to layout a good-enough ellipse using just a batten: Ellipse from a Batten from Jim Tolpin on Vimeo.