10-1/2-in. Sliding Bevel - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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10-1/2-in. Sliding Bevel

Gladstone - 10-1/2-in. Sliding Bevel

The Gladstone would have been serviceable if the locking mechanism didn't extend past the body.

$22 (As of 6/1/2004)

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Editor's Review: Sliding Bevels

by Steve Latta

review date: June 1, 2004

Although sliding bevels are not complicated tools, I learned that there are differences among them. Some differences are obvious and others are more subtle, but all have an effect on the quality of the tool. A sliding bevel consists of a body and a slotted blade that pivots on a machine screw or steel pin on one end of the body. A thin opening along much of the body accepts the blade. Manufacturers employ a variety of methods to lock the blade in place. A good sliding bevel will have a body and blade that are flat and straight and a locking mechanism that's strong yet unobtrusive.  The Gladstone had an easy-to-use blade lock, but the lever extends past the body when locked and got in the way in some applications. Gladstone also offers a model with a shorter 7-1/2-in.-long blade that sells for about $16

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Editor Test Results:

Straightness/Squareness N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Gladstone
Manufacturer's Web Site www.gladstonetools.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-243-0713
Measuring Capacity 10-1/2 in.
Blade Size 10-1/2 in.

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