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.
posted 4 years ago
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.
Jay C. White Cloud
posted 4 years ago
... 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...
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.
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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The fancy transfer scribes, and even compasses to some extent, are surely a pleasure to work with. However, the only functional difference between a $387,653.26 professional compass and a couple of sticks bolted together is price. I admit I like the fine adjustment wheel and precision nylon joints on my drafting compass - very easy to use - but I could do just as good a job with a homemade compass whose connections were secured using spare nuts and bolts.
Regarding the fancy levelling armature on a transfer scribe, a piece of coathanger and a 50¢ spirit level could accomplish the same thing.
If you have money to burn, professional/engineered tools often have little features about them that make them much easier to use. The premium is all about convenience.
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