Also called a Bevel Gauge,
we like Shinwas because they are narrow for their length,
just over half an inch. They are quite accurate, having
machined edges on the Stainless Steel blade and stock. They are sturdy and
simple, and if you want to lock the blade any harder
than finger tight, you slip a quarter in the slot on
the brass knob and twist. They are a very good value and the
blade stows in the stock so it won't get bent or dinged
while in your tool box.
These bevels are the
perfect for all kinds of boat building applications.
Use the Shinwa to match an angle on a drawing, such
as the bulkhead/bottom angle, then use set your table saw
to that for cutting the bulkhead. If you need to make
a gusset or a breasthook, use the bevel gauge to find
the angle where the piece will go then mark the wood
for cutting or use it to set the saw angle. Not shop
should be without one.