In an earlier post I discussed dividers and hinted at what they could be used for. Let me expand on that thought and give you a list.
- swinging an arc
- transferering a distance
Also, in an earlier post, I touted the usefulness of a purpose built straight edge. So here is a list of it’s capabilities when employed as a straight edge.
- scribing a straight line
So why all the fuss? When you combine the capabilities of these two simple tools the possibilities are practically limitless.
In layout and design work they give you the capability to create any shape, curve or angle you desire. As your understanding of their use grows, so do the possibilities.
As a practical tool for the craftsperson, dividers can be employed for a multitude of tasks. They can scribe an offset line. I know your marking gauge will do the same, but try using your gauge on a curve. Dividers ride the curve with ease. Dividers will help you find centers and divide a distance. Dividers will give you the ability to lay out dovetails with ease, speed and consistency. You will find that dividers will quickly become you constant companion at the workbench.
As this blog progresses I will attempt to show what I have learned so far and how you can employ these simple tools. I’m still learning for myself so we will journey together.