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mountaindave
Name of a Special Tool

Hi All,

I've seen the tool I'm looking for on one of those home shows, probably "This Old House" or one of the others.

Let's say you have some stonework and want to make a piece of wood to fit the stonework perfectly. There's a tool to do that but I don't know what it's called. It's made from several metal plates and when you push it against the stonework (or any other uneven surface), the plates take the shape of the uneven surface. Then you can use a pencil to trace the shape on your piece of wood so you will have a perfect fit. I know you can use a compass but this tool I'm trying to find would work better.

Anyone know what I'm talking about? If so, what's it called?

Thanks,
mountaindave

A. Spruce
Re: Name of a Special Tool

That is called a profile gauge.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Name of a Special Tool

They are often found in the tile section of the big box stores. Mine is blue. I've seen red ones and some are metal.

DIMAR888
Re: Name of a Special Tool

Called a contour gauge
Harbor freight shows one under "specialty measuring tools" for $4.99

Gizmo
Re: Name of a Special Tool
DIMAR888 wrote:

Called a contour gauge
Harbor freight shows one under "specialty measuring tools" for $4.99

They have been around for yrs...........

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=contour+gauges&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=4384198125&hvpos=1t2&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1999682383680000010&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&ref=pd_sl_2wluxpt2ta_b

mountaindave
Re: Name of a Special Tool

Thanks! Without a name I couldn't find one. :)

Mastercarpentry
Re: Name of a Special Tool

You couldn't just go and ask for a "thingumajiggy that you push against something else to copy it from"? :eek:

Don't worry, I can't get myself to do anything like that either :D That's why I hang out here- keeps me from looking like an idiot!

Phil

Pat Dagnan
Re: Name of a Special Tool

I've seen red ones and some are metal.

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