Swanson Wood Magnet
Swanson, makers of one of the most popular SPEED® Squares, a registered trademark of Swanson Tool Co., Inc. out there, has just recently released the Wood Magnet, an interesting looking level that is capable of attaching itself to any piece of 2x stock. This eliminates the need to clamp, duct tape, or balance your level on your lumber.
The Wood Magnet can slide right on to any 2x stock, grabbing on to it with the pressure fit wings. There are also small hooks on the side of the Wood Magnet, so you can strap it around a 4x4 with the help of a rubber band or a wire. Holding up a 2x8 with one hand and trying to deal with a level in the other hand is tedious work at best and the kind of thing that can waste a lot of time.
If you're thinking about building a deck this summer and it's likely that you'll be doing most of the work by yourself, this might not be a bad purchase. It's not going to replace your 4' level, but there's no doubt that it will come in handy from time to time. Swanson also makes the good point that it can be clamped onto a 2x8 and used for screeding. Also, it only costs about $11, so even if it doesn't work out, you're not losing a lot of money in the process.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at May 9, 2008 5:01 AM