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morpheus83uk

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Hello,

I have been using the below dovetail marker for a while now and it works fine. My question is what is the hole for on it? I have looked about and cant seem to find an answer but it seems to be on many designs?

My only thought is maybe for a pencil or a scribe? To mark the wood but why at that particular place? Is it standard? Or is it just there for decoration?

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James
 

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It's done to save on the cost of postage.;) or reasons to that effect.
 

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According to the description, "The outer edges have dovetail slopes of 1:5 on one side and 1:8 on the other. The inner cutouts offer additional slopes of 1:6 and 1:10. "

I think you'd be far better off making one yourself from a scrap of hardwood, with just the one angle you actually need. No risk of using the convenient other side and so marking a wrong line.
 

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Ah, looking again, I guess you mean that round hole through the block. Looks totally redundant. Could it have been to hold the metal while the machining was done?

But my second comment stands.
 

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Thanks for your responses.

I have seen others which have two holes as well but again no idea why they are there. I love the idea of using it as a whistle though genius!

Thanks
 
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