While I mostly use the sector for doing design and layout work in my shop, I realized recently that it’s also a great tool for showing someone (especially your kids) an intuitive approach to understanding fractions. Here’s how I’d describe what’s going on in the drawing above:
Because I want to find out where a point four-sevenths of the width of a board would come to, I set the legs of the sector to touch each edge of the board to denominate (i.e. to name) the kind of divisions I’m looking for. Here, that would be seven – the denominator. Now I want to enumerate (i.e. give a number) to how many of those sevens I’m looking for – in this case the numerator is four. The job of the dividers is to grab this numerator above the denominator value on the legs of the sector in order to transfer the setting to the face of the board. For me (and my kid), this drawing offers a decent visualization of why the numerator goes over the denominator. You can learn more about the sector in excruciating detail in “By Hand and Eye;” and in a somewhat less excruciating matter in “By Hound and Eye.”
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No. 7 Adjustment Issues Kendall took apart his Lie-Nielsen No. 7. to sharpen the blade but now that he is putting it back together he cannot get the blade to adjust below the sole. He is looking for any help on what he may be doing wrong. Let’s see if we can prevent him from having to make a call into Lie-Nielsen. Help him here.
Handworks 2017 Does anyone who has attended Handworks have a recommendation for a place to stay? Steve is ready to get his plans together and is looking for input.
Spare Bedroom Workshop Mark and his girlfriend have found a house that they love and want to buy but there is no garage or basement to use as a workshop. Mark is looking for feedback from anyone who has used a spare bedroom as a shop before. Did it work out? How was the noise? Was dust all over the house?
Crucible Dividers Jason likes the pictures of the Crucible dividers but wants to get to the point and find out how they work. If you have a pair, let him know what you think.
Hot Hide Glue Gelling Quickly Josh has had success with hot hide glue on small pieces but has had no success with it when trying to glue up a panel. Every time he finds he is unable to close the joint. He is wondering if anyone would be able to help with why this is occurring.
Staked Chair Travis has made a pair of staked chairs from “The Anarchist’s Design Book” and they turned out great. (Photo at top and to right.) The beveled edges are a great touch!