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Turning Tree

“The less you measure, the more accurate you’ll be.” It sounds like an improbable statement, but at some point most woodworkers discover that transferring measurements from one piece to another yields more accurate and repeatable results than using a ruler. This truism led Bridge City Tool Works to design their turning tree, for setting wood turner’s calipers.

Bridge City divides the turning tree into nine sections that you can easily slip into your shop apron for reference. They precisely machine four cylinders in each section for setting your calipers to progressively larger diameters. The largest cylinder in each section holds the legend for the diameter of the other cylinders.

Bridge City manufactures the sections completely from steel and coats them in alternating colors for visual reference and corrosion resistance. The tree sits on a Juara wood base.

This classy and functional tool will run you $130.

Turning Tree [Bridge City Tool Works]


9 Responses to The Turning Tree

  1. Jason says:

    I can’t afford one of those, but I like the idea. Maybe I’ll make my own, out of hard maple or something like that.


  2. Jason says:

    Hmmm…not available for purchase, guess if I want one I will have no choice but to make it.

  3. Frank Townend says:

    As cool as it is the site says: “This is an archived item. It is out of production and not available for purchase.”

    The FAQ says: Are the archived tools available for sale?

    Items that are noted as archived are out of production and not available for sale. They are listed and shown on our site for reference purposes. Archived items (which are not also Commemorative Tools) may return to production in the future. If a “Notify me when this item is back in stock” button is visible, you may add your name to our notification list. If any estimated production date is known, it will be listed. If the button is not visible, it is unlikely this item will be produced again.

    I wonder if I could make one…

  4. Sorry to tease you guys like that… I completely missed that last line about it being archived. You know I read the description about 4 times and I still missed it.

    I just thought it was very cool.

  5. Old Coot says:

    The picture painfully reminded me of a Seinfeld episode: “Fusilli Jerry”. If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you’ll know what I’m thinking of.

  6. Rick Turner says:

    I use samples and examples all the time when cutting new batches of parts for guitars. I’ll put a sample piece on the flat iron table saw surface and compare the first new parts coming out of, for instance the planer. I can feel a difference of less than I can measure with anything shy of a set of digital calipers…it’s easy to feel a difference of .010″. This is like using go/no go gauges for doing quality control. It’s how you really do things in production, and this is a nice adaptation of the idea.

  7. ShopMonger says:

    Looks like a great idea. i love it, I will of course make my own…….

    Go to hardware store… buy some stock and have a fun afternoon….

  8. Dave says:

    I remember using an old trick for marking rounded corners on wood that might be helpful here. An easy way to get a nice round corner is to scribe around a washer. They come in lots of different sizes and they’re perfectly (or close enough) round. Just put a bunch on a key ring, write the diameter or radius on each, and they’re instantly accessible. And if you lose one, they’re really cheap to replace. If you want it to look like what’s in the picture, feed a bolt through the washers center them as good as possible and tighten the nut down firmly. If you get it perfectly centered, just tack weld the nut to the bolt.

    Of course if anyone out there with a metal lathe decides to make a few of these, I’m sure a few people on here would be interested in buying them. Wood ones are ok, but moisture would mess with the accuracy.

  9. Jim says:

    There are Blems available of this product at a reduced price. Go to Blems from the home page.

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