The Sliding Bevel Guide

The sliding bevel is a layout tool which is essential for accurate and precise woodwork. It is made up of two parts, the beam and the stock which can both move on an axis. These can be fixed using a wingnut to allow you to transfer an accurate angle marking.

The stock can be made from wood, plastic or metal. The beam is usually made from tempered spring steel and can vary in size. The locking system can vary, sometimes it is a wingnut which is tightened by hand, or sometimes it is sunken screw which needs a screwdriver. Both are very effective locking systems, however with the screw it allows you to lay the stock flush against the wood on both sides, whereas the protruding wingnut doesn’t allow for this.

Uses

This is used in the same way as the combination square, however unlike the combination square, it can be set at any angle. The tool is often used alongside other tools such as the layout knife to create precise markings for joints.

Terminology

  • Stock – The heavier part which is used to rest against the edge of the wood
  • Beam – The steel blade which can be moved to change the angle at which the guide is set

Other Names:

  • Sliding T bevel
  • T bevel
  • Bevel gauge

Parts of The Sliding Bevel

● Pressure Plate

◎ Beam

● Locking Bolt

● Locking Lever

● Stock


Relevant Guides

  • Setting Up a Sliding Bevel

    Setting Up Some sliding bevels have a rounded loop at the end of the beam. Where the straight edges join the rounded edge there is often a pointed edge, which can sometimes get in the way of marking out so Paul recommends filling this down slightly to avoid inaccuracy and misalignment when applying the sliding

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  • Using a Sliding Bevel

    The sliding bevel is used to mark or check any angle. By sliding the beam from inside the stock you can adjust both components to set the desired angle needed. The lock mechanism holds both components in place and can be a variety of mechanism types. These include wing nut, lever cam, slide lock or

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  • Buying a Sliding Bevel

    You can certainly make do with only one sliding bevel, but in some larger projects you may be laying out several different angles throughout, and it is beneficial to set a separate sliding bevel to each angle and not alter them for the duration of the project. When buying a sliding bevel, make sure the

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  • The Sliding Bevel Guide

    The sliding bevel is a layout tool which is essential for accurate and precise woodwork. It is made up of two parts, the beam and the stock which can both move on an axis. These can be fixed using a wingnut to allow you to transfer an accurate angle marking. The stock can be made

    Read More

Further Reading

To read more on this we recommend the following from Paul’s blog:

Bahco Sliding Bevels Keep on Sliding After Lockdown

Buying Good Tools Cheap- Sliding Bevel

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