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Bench Dog always seems to produce the simplest yet most intuitive tools.  We wrote about their Pro-Cut portable saw guide before, and now we’ve come across their Trim-Loc casement installer tool.  Slick stuff.

Think of it as a portable jig for trim work.  It lets you quickly mark 45-degree and 90-degree angles and has a slot to hook your tape measure in, which makes measuring by yourself a whole lot easier.

If you’re working by yourself, you can use a couple of 6d tack nails to attach it to a board — instantly providing another set of hands for the job.  It also acts as a jig to hold the trim in position while you nail it there for good.

Street pricing starts at $20.

Trim-Loc Portable Trim Jig [Bench Dog]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


5 Responses to Finds: Bench Dog’s Trim-Loc

  1. Kai says:

    What a great idea – once again validation of the concept that “The simple things in life are often the best” No complex mechanism, no moving parts, just a simple hand tool that does it’s job, and does it well…

  2. Michael says:

    That is a sweet tool, and cheap enough not to have an excuse to have one in the truck. It’s also cheap enough to buy some for a few of my friends.

  3. Steve Thompson says:

    Hmmm…looking at a bunch of upcoming trim work – I need one!

  4. Rob says:

    That looks great! I think I will definitely be getting one of those.

  5. This is a great little tool. I don’t find the tape slots to be that useful, as I prefer to “eat an inch” when doing trimwork (particularly stain grade work), but the clever design makes it easy to mark the extensions of the jamb and head reveals so that you can get an accurate measurement and then cut all your casing out at once. Funny thing is that for me it works better to flip the Trim-Loc around and use it reversed from what they show in the manual.

    The only (minor) limitation that is a bit irritating is that the tool has separate versions for 1/4″ and 3/16″ reveals. It would be great if it had multiple steps like the Veritas Miter Hook.

    Actually, the Veritas Miter Hook complements the Bench Dog Trim-Loc, and when I’m trimming out a room both sit in my belt. To measure mitered trim, the Trim-Lock has to be fastened to a bench, whereas the Miter Hook can be used without a bench at all, which is more often the case for me on the job site

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