I am pleased to let you know that we now carry the Bevel Monkey and Big Protractor from FirstLightWorks in the U.K. These two tools are essential if you work in angles other than 90°. They are well-made by a small company in Derbyshire, U.K., and are both dead accurate and durable.
The Bevel Monkey helps you set a sliding bevel to an exact setting – even a fraction of a degree. The white markings are easy to read against the black acrylic background.
The Big Protractor is just that – big, it’s almost 12” long. Based on vintage protractors used by geometry teachers on a chalkboard, the Big Protractor simplifies layout chores on furniture-scale materials. And it eliminates the squinting necessary when using a cheap plastic protractor from elementary school.
Both are available for immediate shipment from our warehouse in Indiana. Read more about the Bevel Monkey here. More about the Big Protractor here.
— Christopher Schwarz
7 thoughts on “‘Bevel Monkey’ and ‘Big Protractor’ Now Available”
I ordered these as I continue to setup my shop so I can build some more Welsh Stick chairs. All this because of the excellent class I took under Chris Schwarz at the Florida School of Woodwork in Tampa, FL.
Way to go, Chris !
They look great. Unfortunately I missed out on their early production which was in wood. Would prefer wood for a protractor for the same reason Chris prefers wood for the French curves.
It seems hypocritical to use an archaic babylonian numbering system in a metric shop. Do you have one marked in radians?
You know…to make the math easier.
And with St. Patrick’s Day in the way I feel I owe you a little extra:
The numbers are easy to see,
When sixty is pi over three,
Half pi would be square,
We should not stop there,
So buy me a beer while I pee.
The bevel gauge and protractor marked in Roman numerals would also be cool. They would go nicely with Chris Schwarz”s Roman style workbench.
I highly recommend both of these. Well made to last a lifetime.
The second thing I made when I first got access to a laser cutter was a giant protractor – for those without, this is the one to have. (The first obviously being a keyring with my name on)
Also: Despite being mostly owned by the devonshires, Derbyshire ≠ Devonshire.
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