Kim’s 1997 Poplar Door Jig

Well, this may be the first ‘tool’ on this site that I made. A jig is certainly a tool and this one, though slapped together in 1997 is still put to use on site. Yesterday I used this to hinge some closet doors and it works like a charm.

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This device is used to hold a door while the installer mortises the door’s edge for hinges. A quick flip of the door in this jig and I drilled for ball catches. Thought I’d throw this handy device on today since it’s served as a tool in my arsenal for more than a decade and still in use today. Continue reading Kim’s 1997 Poplar Door Jig

A 1905 Starrett gauge, but what is it?

Admittedly, I own a select few inherited tools that I have no experience with. Here’s an antique Starrett tool that has me wondering: What is it?

While cleaning my shop this week after using the destructive, chip throwing “Lancelot“, I found this tool on my top shelf (yes, unfortunately, wood chips covered everything, reinforcing the notion of using my “assembly table” for assembly only.)

Can I assume since it’s Starrett that it’s for measuring? Sure, it’s got a rubber wheel that when rolled, turns a dial that is labelled from 0-100 with inexplicably odd numbers at each mark around the dial: 19,28,37,46, 55… – I see a pattern here.

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