Without breaking the bank

A small bevel gauge is handy to have around, especially if you’re drilling and reaming leg holes for staked furniture. I generally use my Blue Spruce sliding bevel (which I love), but Dave doesn’t make a smaller size (yet) so if you’re looking for something in the 4″ range you’ve probably been salivating over these – the Ferrari of small sliding bevels.

Dave and Chris both make impeccable instruments. They’re also really expensive.

If you’re looking for a small sliding bevel (or a second bevel) without breaking the bank let me suggest one like this:

This bevel was made by a local (to me) cabinetmaker by the name of Chris Black, right in his workshop in Rolesville, NC. Chris has written a guest article here on The Skep, and I’ve talked about his tools before. I receive no compensation, kick-back or free tools for telling you about these bevels. I just find them useful, fairly priced and a good value.

Oh, did I forget to mention they’re $40? They are. That’s the value part.

They’re also pretty solid little workhorses. They don’t lock down with the death grip of Chris Vesper’s bevels, but they hold their own.

If you’re interested in getting one of your own, I just noticed he has some up for sale in various woods. You can check out his craigslist ad here.



3 Comments Add yours

  1. Mike Siemsen says:

    That is a nice little bevel. Sometimes when no bevel is at hand i just fold an index card to the angle and use that.

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  2. Chris Black says:

    Thanks for the kind words! I was wondering why all the orders for small bevels today. Had to take the ad down, but I have some prototypes and a couple of seconds with cosmetic flaws left. redscabinet@yahoo.com.
    Thanks again,
    Chris Black


    1. Good to hear it. I was just using mine this week.


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