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My local Harbor Freight (Montclair, CA) had these items on clearance for $2.87 each. They had a 12-inch brass-trimmed rule. Don't know the original price but the version with the 6-inch rule was originally $16.99. This is a knock-off of a 19th Century Stanley multi-measuring-marking tool. It can serve as an inside square, outside square, try square; a depth gauge, a mortising gauge, a T-square, a level, a plumb level, a beam compass to strike arcs of circles; a clumsy small screwdriver and a machine set-up guide. (from the label on the package)

Fabricated with the legendary Harbor Freight quality, which means you should plan on removing burrs and checking the rule to ensure it starts at "0" and not some other arbitrary measurement. And check that the faces that are supposed to be square or parallel are in fact square and/or parallel (mine appear to be). Still, the thing is solid cast and machined brass, and the 12-inch ruler is advertised as maple--and it might be. Rockler, Woodcraft, and one or two other vendors sell these for $40.

A useful tool if you are stranded on a desert island with just it, a hammer, and a saw and need to build some bookshelves. Heck, at this price, the brass-trimmed rule alone is almost worth the price. Don't know the availability geographically; OOS apparently on website...and it was a CLEARANCE item. Picture here.

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Nice score!

If you could find, grab it, even if it's HF quality.

Unfortunately, the local stores don't have it.



Pay $16.99 and it will last about 15 minutes of use. Pay $2.87 and you'll get about 2 minutes of use. HF tools SUCK!

SafetyDance said: Pay $16.99 and it will last about 15 minutes of use. Pay $2.87 and you'll get about 2 minutes of use. HF tools SUCK!

And that's why craftsmen invest in top quality equipment to last a lifetime and the rest of us go to Harbor Freight to buy what we need to do an odd job. If you're only going to use someone once a year (or hell, sometimes just once), save your money and go cheap.

Thanks Op I scored one, the last on the shelf at 51st Av & Bell Phoenix Az

SafetyDance said: Pay $16.99 and it will last about 15 minutes of use. Pay $2.87 and you'll get about 2 minutes of use. HF tools SUCK!

Actually I have a belt sander I purchased from HF ($100) about ten years ago. I've used it lots making tooling.
A comparable Dynafile would have set me back $400. I can purchase 3 more HF Dynafiles to get to $400 mark.

i picked one up a few months ago for maybe $7 or so.

here's a link to a pdf of the stanley instruction sheet: link

here's another link showing the tool in use: video link

the 'precision' version of the odd job sells for $37.99 at woodcraft, but the hf knockoff version is under $3 if you can still find it in stock.

I picked up one of these items at Harbour Freight in Port Richey, Florida. An interesting simple tool, you could even put it out in the house, someone will comment on it. Mine is going back to the UK with me.

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