Here are two great woodworking accessories: 1) Bindman's Tape because the numbers are extra large and bold and very easy to read. 2) The Tape Tip. A neat little idea that extends the use of your tape measure, particularly when you are measuring diagonals, like when you want to check to see if something is square ... we measure the diagonals and if they are equal, the box, legs, table, picture frame ... or whatever ... is square.
For years I have resisted the temptation to purchase 1-2-3 blocks, even though I know how accurate and useful they are, but I know by now, in my own woodworking, the only measurement I would be using in one of these blocks would be the 2-inch side, which is why I have shied away from them, this week I decided to make my own.
If you don't want to try and guess at an angle for a taper jig on the table saw, what other tools do you have in your shop that you can accurately figure out something as fine as a One Degree angle? probably nothing, but a digital angle finder can do this in a few moments, accurately and easily. #woodworking
It is uncommon for me to hand plane a bevel on a board with a hand plane, but sometimes it's quicker and easier the re-setting the jointer or table saw. Here I am attempting to cut a 25-degree bevel in a short board ... and made easier by using the Digital Angle Finder.
I am often cutting multiple short pieces on my table saw, and the quickest and easiest method I have come up with for doing this is to simply use the Digital Angle Finder as a stop block. It's perfect for smaller pieces but you need to watch you don't bump and move the DAF if you are using larger pieces of wood or trying to work fast, they hold well to metal surfaces but being too aggressive means you could move the DAF slightly. #woodworking
I sometimes need to bevel boards to a specific angle to give them a bit better look and find one of the easiest ways is to do this on a jointer. Here you can see that the jointer has an aluminum deck and fence, but simply using a quality hand clamp gets around the non-magnet base and fence and does an equally quick and accurate job. #woodworking
The first reason people are interested in getting a Digital Angle Finder (DAF) is to quickly, easily, and accurately set the angle of their blades, often on their table saw first, but then just as likely on their sliding miter saw. In both cases if you do NOT have a steel deck on either of these machines, the DAF will still work fine even just placing it on a composite aluminum deck (I also like to add a bit of pressure to make sure it is seated on the deck) ... but otherwise it works just fine.
Below you can see both angle finders attached to my saw blade. Which one is easier for you to read? No bear in mind I am going to be looking for 12.50 degrees and not 90 degrees, less 12.50 degrees which now reads 77.50 degrees (and for which I would need to do the math in my head to figure out). #woodworking
Planers often hold a bit of mystery to new woodworkers until they come to realize the real name is Thickness Planer, which helps to make the function of this tool self-explanatory. It is sometimes confused with a "jointer" because they seem to have similar functions because of their wide blades, but both machines to quite different functions.
I made new push pads because the ones that came with my original jointer have long since lost their gripping power. The new pads worked fine for many, many months, then slowly started losing some grip. To solve this I used "Great Tape" the rug anti-skid material that I line the underside of my Magswitches with to give them even better-holding strength.
Here is another job I use my Oscillating tool for. Making precise cuts is easy if you can ride the blade along a flat surface so that the blade cannot bounce up and down. This little trick works amazingly well and I use it on picture frames where I need to enlarge the rabbet where the glass needs to go but is the glass is slightly oversized.
One of the reasons I purchased my Oscillating tools was to repair some door trim that I wanted to keep, but that someone had driven railway spikes into to fasten them to the studs behind. I could not pry off the trim without damage and it was a special trim I did not how or where I could replace it. The Multitool made quick work of the screws and I learned quickly that a thin strip of veneer saved me from damaging the walls during the process.