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Question: for scribing poles in timber framing, is there really that much advantage to buying something like the Veritas Log Scribe over something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Grizzly-H5887-Length-Divider-16-Inch/dp/B0002U8BYA/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1444070462&sr=8-9&keywords=16%22+divider

I know it's not a huge deal to pay $100+ for a good tool, but I'm just not sure this time if it's really worth it....what say ya'll?

Thanks!

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Or just make one, but yes if you use them right it makes a difference....

Two pieces of wood a bolt and a lid slide mechanism from a hardware store, add whittling and go!
 
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Hi Tom,

Question: for scribing poles in timber framing, is there really that much advantage to buying something like the Veritas Log Scribe over something like this:



Yes...A huge difference. The item in the shared link is a "dividing compass" and then you have "just plan dividers." Scribing tools come in a broad range and type. The "Veritas" is what we use for many applications that require "live edge scribe fit joinery" but for simple applications such as a post on a stone plinth, a pencil and a large washer or quarter can more than create a tight joint.

Let us know what you are attempting and I can give better advice. To be clear however the tool shared is not for scribing.

Regards,

j
 
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Looking at it with fresh eyes this morning, I can see how the divider would not work. So correct me if I'm wrong, but the big advantage to the Veritas is the levels that help to keep the pencil a constant distance away from the guiding surface? Also, Jay, I would love to hear more about the pencil/washer method you mentioned. I apologize, for some reason I just seem to have a mental block on scribing in general. I'm sure I'll be smacking my forehead later.
 
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Hi Tom...

... the big advantage to the Veritas is the levels that help to keep the pencil a constant distance away from the guiding surface?



Kind'a my friend...

The Veritas is a "bi-directionally orienting bubble scribe" these can cost up to a $1000 dollars for really intricate scribing. The more expensive ones just make the job easier for less experienced hands as traditional scribing. I have seen talented students/DIYers do just as good (better??) with the Veritas and even home made forms.

The key is "zeroing in" the tool to both "plumb and level" before attempting datum transfer from target to receiving member. So, it is all three...

1.) level

2.) plumb

3.) set distance...typically in that order of registration...

I would love to hear more about the pencil/washer method you mentioned.



I will be blogging extensively (with links) to the many different modalities, books, and tools very soon. I will get a link up on the "simple timber frame" post I have here...

I'm sure I'll be smacking my forehead later.



Gosh Brother......not to hard!!

Give a shout if you need a specific "what if" and I will do my best.

Warm Regards,

j
 
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Tom Phillips wrote: I would love to hear more about the pencil/washer method you mentioned.



There's a decent picture showing it done on this homehack website.

I went ahead and added this to the gear forum to see if you can get any other help from people there.
 
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Perfection Michael..!!..Thanks for finding that!

That is it, and it works off the principles of '"geometric scribing" so works vertical, horizontal or and od angles really well in many (not all) applications.

 
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