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Wixey Digital Angle Gauge - An easy tool to duplicate table angles.

The Wixey Digital Angle Gauge allows you to set the scroll saw table to an exact angle time after time.

The angle gauge was designed for use with table saw or radial arm saw blades, where it is important to get an exact angle for cabinet work. It is very useful for setting an exact scroll saw table angle that can be repeated time after time. While not every scroller needs pinpoint accuracy—the gauge is accurate to 0.1 degrees—scrollers who do a lot of relief scrolling, inlay work, or marquetry will find it invaluable.

Start with a table that is perfectly square to the scroll saw blade. Rare-earth magnets secure the user-friendly gauge to the scroll saw table. If you have an aluminum table, a few nails under the table will lock it in place nearly as well. Turn the gauge on, and press the “zero” button. This lets the gauge know that it is in the starting position. Then angle the saw table to one side or the other and watch the digital readout change. When you have the angle you want, lock the table in place, remove the gauge, and cut out the material.

When you are ready to re-square the table with the blade, replace the gauge, and shift the table until the digital readout shows 0°. It’s as simple as that.

This allows scrollers to note what angle works best for different thicknesses of wood and different blades. Instead of making a number of test cuts to find the correct angle, the gauge allows you to get close on your first try. There will always be a few fluctuations, based on the blade manufacturing and true wood thickness, but the digital angle gauge takes a lot of the guesswork out of cutting on an angle.

The Wixey Digital Angle Gauge is available for $39.99 + $8.25 S&H from Woodcraft, 800-225-1153, www.woodcraft.com.

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Comments (6 posted):

waynemn on 01/09/2010 15:59:27
I read the review of the Wixey and agree that it is very useful I have attached photos of my usage. The first photo shows the Wixey and a piece of metal strapping, 5/8" wide, cut to 5" long to match the length of a scroll saw blade. I have seen narrower pieces of strapping of 1/2". I tried the largest scroll saw blade that I had, a #12, and the wixey slid down to the scroll saw table, not enough metal to hold it in place. The second photo shows the metal strapping in the Eclipse with the Wixey magnetically attached to the strapping. My EX30 scroll saw (purple one) would need to have the ends of the strapping notched to fit the blade holder. This is may be true of other scroll saws also. This is the time to press the zero button on the Wixey. The third photo shows the Wixey on the scroll saw table and it it rreading 90 degrees. This tells me that the table is 90 degress to the blade. The fourth photo shows the Wixey magnetically mounted on a 1/2" steel piece (actually a gasket punch) in my Delta DP350 drill press chuck. This is also the time to zero the Wixey. A smaller diameter rod may also work, I just happen to use this size as it was handy. The fifth photo show the Wixey on the drill press tabel (Rockler mini drill press table) and shows the table to be 90 degrees to the chuck. I also use the Wixey on the Jet jointer, Jet table saw, and Delta 31-732 6x48 belt and 12" disk sanding tables. Anywhere an adjustable angle is used. Just remember that the stationary part get the initial Wixey '0' setting and then move the Wixey to the movable part to get the angle you want. I have done quite a few projects involving inlay and always use the Wixey to set up my angles. It makes life much more simple to repeat a certain angle you want and not rely upon a pointer on a scroll saw degree gauge. Sometimes with thicker material, 1/2" to 3/4", I am using angles of about 1.5 to 2 degrees. I'll have to post some of these projects in the bragging section. waynemn
Mike Wingate on 01/31/2010 06:44:59
It was a toss up between the Beall Tilt Box and the Wixey. I liked the idea of the metal casing on the Beall. No stockists in the U.K. so I bought the Wixey for 22. I have plenty of initial uses. Then I can see myself happily cutting bevels on my Eumenia RASaw.
wood-n-things on 01/31/2010 12:48:39
I have the wixie as well and really like it. One downside is the battery goes down if left in when not in use. So I remove the battery after each use and tape it to the outside of the case.
Mike Wingate on 02/04/2010 17:46:00
The Wixey came today. Metal surround on 4 sides, plastic back. Ease of use 10/10. Everything in the house with the exception of the fridge, now level and perpendicular. I shall take it to school tomorrow and set things up square.
chrishayes on 08/22/2011 11:42:04
I use a free level app on my iPhone (made by Stanley tools) that get me the same exactness of angle. I've found it very useful, though it does require making sure the phone doesn't get covered in sawdust!
Ramjet on 08/22/2011 21:46:03
Tried the Lee Valley Tilt Box 2 Inclinometer and returned it . I found the magnets wouldn't hold onto the scrollsaw blade . Roger
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Bob Duncan Bob Duncan is the Technical Editor of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts and Woodcarving Illustrated. more