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Offline Chris Wong

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Amazing New Tool Already Here
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:51 AM »
Okay, I couldn't resist parodying the subject line.

More than a regular square, Magic Square is a tool that I found many years ago when I was just getting into woodworking, and it changed the way I build furniture.  It changed my outlook.  Perhaps a cheesy name, but it's a tool worth considering.

From my blog:

Tolerances and precision in woodworking have been two ideas that I’ve been contemplating for a long time (see A Box Called “Tolerences” and A Box Called “Necessessity”).  That was why Magic Square captured my attention.

This video outlines the benefits of Magic Square (duration – 4:24).



You can order Magic Square here.
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Offline bijeshj

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013, 11:18 AM »
:) sign me up. This will solve all my woodworking problems.

Offline Mac

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2013, 11:29 AM »
This made me laugh...'my confidence goes sky high'.  Ha, I could do with one of these myself!   [big grin]

Offline Festoolfootstool

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2013, 11:36 AM »
I know one or two guys,who's work would be greatly improved by one of these... [thumbs up]
If the milk turns out to be sour, I ain't the kind of **** to drink it.......

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Offline Deadskins

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2013, 12:15 PM »
Where can I buy one, or three? [scared]
Ranny

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2013, 02:14 PM »
There's a guy near here that sells them, along with the rubber rulers for measuring fish... 

By the way, anybody seen the new Toshiba inflatable laptop?

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Offline woodguy7

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2013, 05:04 PM »
Chris, that was quality  [thumbs up]. I wondered what was happening at first when you dropped your plane,,,,,

Really funny  ;D
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Offline galwaydude18

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2013, 05:22 PM »
I loved the bit where the hammers got gradually bigger to close the joint!  [scared] Made me laugh.. ;D

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2013, 05:29 PM »
You are truly an artist!


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Offline PeterK

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2013, 06:54 PM »
I REALLY could have used one of these while building my big router table cabinet! Something went seriously wrong during assembly.   :-\ This would have shown me everything worked out just fine and it was just an optical illusion that the cabinet really wasn't square.

Thanks Chris.

Offline GhostFist

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2013, 07:14 PM »
Best woodworking video every. I can't wait to see bridge city's version.

Offline John Stevens

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2013, 10:17 PM »
Chris, you have a great sense of humor!  Thanks, that really struck me funny.

Regards,

John
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Offline Chris Wong

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2013, 10:34 PM »
Thanks for all the comments!  I'm glad you got a kick out of the video.  I had fun making the video and have grown to appreciate Magic Square (seriously).  I'm even considering making some for sale.

There's a guy near here that sells them, along with the rubber rulers for measuring fish... 

Can you keep a secret?  I'm working on a precision flexible straight edge!
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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2013, 11:32 PM »
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have grown to appreciate Magic Square (seriously).  I'm even considering making some for sale.

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I'm working on a precision flexible straight edge!


Please call me... I want to discuss an exclusive distributorship where the Mounties don't roam.

I wouldn't want to step on Dan's or Lee's feet, of course.


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Offline ScotF

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2013, 01:14 AM »
 [thumbs up] [thumbs up] [thumbs up]!!

That is on my wish list...awesome!

Scot

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2013, 10:28 AM »
"For when close enough, is good enough"...  [not worthy] [not worthy] [not worthy]

Love it - I have a new credo to live by!!

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Offline Kev

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2013, 10:46 AM »
Cheaper than a NOBEX mitre square  [wink]

Offline some1 like me

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2013, 01:55 PM »
A MUST HAVE tool.  Exactly what I need.  [big grin] [thumbs up]

Offline Vi_k

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2013, 03:00 PM »
That kid is hilarious!  ;D

Have a good one,

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Offline Francisco DelValle

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2013, 11:51 AM »
That was too funny! Excellent work young man.  [big grin]

"For When Close Enough, is Good Enough." - Classic!
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Offline Paul G

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2013, 12:05 PM »
Unfortunately I'm pretty sure the framers of my house used one of these. Their motto is "ain't building a piano"
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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2013, 12:33 PM »
The right TOOL for the right job.
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Offline RonWen

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2013, 04:48 PM »
Outstanding discovery Chris!  This changes EVERYTHING, way beyond woodworking -- engineering, home building, even surveying!

By the way, I like your summer haircut.   [thumbs up]

Offline Francisco DelValle

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2013, 09:36 PM »
Unfortunately I'm pretty sure the framers of my house used one of these. Their motto is "ain't building a piano"
We must have the same builder, the one who believes that when someone tells them "the walls need to be square", they're being offered a suggestion.
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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2013, 06:36 AM »
Unfortunately I'm pretty sure the framers of my house used one of these. Their motto is "ain't building a piano"
We must have the same builder, the one who believes that when someone tells them "the walls need to be square", they're being offered a suggestion.


What do you want to bet they're the same crew that built my house, along with the rockers that said, "Flat & smooth?  What's that?" 

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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #25 on: November 01, 2013, 02:21 PM »
"For when close enough, is good enough"...  [not worthy] [not worthy] [not worthy]

Love it - I have a new credo to live by!!

RMW

I know a guy whose motto is "good enough is still Good"

Chris love the warnings at the end of the video. I was going to leave mine plugged in until I read the warnings
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Re: Amazing New Tool Already Here
« Reply #26 on: November 01, 2013, 04:05 PM »
Pure genius Chris!!!  Please develop a companion product "Magic Glue" -- remains adjustable for years so way down the road the magic square can be used to re-adjust joints.   [scratch chin]