Jeff Farris

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    Furniture construction, built-ins, turning.

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  1. Well, I didn't win the argument to have zero on the same end, BUT, we are launching a right-to-left reading version. Got the first one off the laser a few hours ago, it's being photographed as I write this and we will have it on the web site in a day or two. That's the good news...the bad news is we sold so many of the left-to-right reading versions that it is going to be a few weeks before we can ship any of the new version.
  2. I see your point, and I will pass it up the ladder to see if there's enough interest to offer a right to left version.
  3. Just to be clear...both scales read the same direction. Both read left-to-right. If one was reversed, it would not be as easy to mark the same dimension on both the edge and face at the same time. We tried it. It was awkward. Wdwerker, you would like using this one. I'm left-handed, too. Look at the picture Ben linked in the first post. If you position your desired dimension at the end of the board, you can mark the stock at the end of the ruler rather easily left handed. For the other 90% of you guys, turn the ruler over so the longer side is on the edge and the shorter side is on the top and it will look and work exactly the same. I do understand what Chestnut is saying about setting a table saw fence. Maybe a right-to-left reading ruler would be a good idea, but it would be unique in the industry. I have been reading rules upside down on table saws for several decades.
  4. "Boat Builders" refers to the function of taking off angles from existing structure. It happens a lot in boat building and in remodeling. In a furniture or cabinet shop it isn't going to come up as often, unless you're repairing or matching. The tool is designed to fit into or around an existing angle and hold its position without "tweaking" the clamp on a normal bevel gauge. The pressure against the blade isn't coming from the scales. The spring washers that apply the pressure are designed to take thousands of open-close cycles without a change in tension. Yes, if you drop it or bump it, you're likely to change the setting. But if you take off an angle and immediately transfer it, it isn't going to move and you're not going to be guessing whether the tension was too tight to truly fit into what you were trying to measure. What is less apparent from the photos and text is just how thin and light these tools are. They're so much easier to carry around than a traditional bevel gauge.