Scribing Tool Explained This tool will be your new best mate, saving you time and always getting you an accurate finish.
The Thingamejig scribing tool is a revolution in scribing tools. Constructed from anodized aluminium and blades of tungsten carbide, it’s lightweight, has the sharpest blades, and will never rust. Expect precise results every time from the tool’s laser-cut measuring ruler in your choice of imperial or metric indicies.
- Scribes laminates, painted items, stone, soft metals, timber, veneers and much more.
- Because it only requires one hand to use, you can better steady yourself or what you’re scribing with your other hand.
- Accurately retrace your lines for added precision and confidence.
- Reduces chipping of paint/laminate and across timber grain when trimming.
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How To Use Instructions
Position the item you wish to scribe in the desired position, ensuring it is level or parallel to the surface it is to be fitted to.
Determine the amount that needs to be removed from your item to ensure it will fit tightly against the surface it is to be fitted to. This can be done by finding the maximum gap between item and the surface it is to be fitted to.
ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ENOUGH EXCESS MATERIAL AVAILABLE TO REMOVE TO ENSURE YOU DON’T MAKE THE ITEM TOO SMALL.
Generally when cabinetry is custom made, there is additional material allowed for to fit to the imperfections of walls, floors and ceilings.
Once you have determined the amount to be removed, set the tool to that size. This is done by unscrewing the lock nut, then have the required measurement at the top of the blade holder.
Place the tool in your hand and hold it so it is at 90º to the surface you are marking (See below).
THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO ENSURE ACCURATE REFERENCING OF THE REFERENCE SURFACE (FLOOR, WALL, CEILING ETC) ONTO YOUR ITEM.
Now place pressure on the tool so it maintains contact with the reference surface, but is still free enough to move horizontally or vertically
Move the scribing tool back and forwards along the reference surface with the blade maintaining contact with the item to be marked. Apply slight pressure against the blade as you move it along so it cuts and marks the item you are scribing. Continue this process and increase the pressure on the blade until you are satisfied that the item has been marked and you can see the line that you need to trim your item to.
Now trim your item to the line with an electric planer or jigsaw, ensuring that you trim exactly to the line. Your item should now have the perfect fit.
Scribing Into Corners
Repeat the above procedure, however, when within approximately 35mm / 1 ½” of an internal corner, rotate the tool so the blade scribes into the corner. This is the only time you should not maintain the scribing tool at 90º to your item being scribed.
After continued use of your scribing tool you will need to replace the blades. Accuracy cannot be guaranteed if non genuine blades are used. You can purchase more blades from your nearest stockist, place of purchase or through our website by clicking the button below.
The Scribing Tool has 9 blade tips, of which 3 will always be exposed. This is so you can quickly change to another tip if one goes blunt and prevents down time in changing blades. As required, simply undo the wrench screw holding the blade and rotate to an unused sharp point on each triangle blade. Remember not to overtighten.
Using The Foot Pad Cover
The foot pad cover is designed to be used to assist with the prevention of the scribing tool marking prefinished surfaces that you may be scribing to, e.g. painted walls, polished floor boards.
The foot pad cover should be kept clean and removed when not required to assist with preventing damage to it. Replacement foot pad covers are available from your nearest stockist, place of purchase or our website by clicking the button below.
If you fit the Foot Pad Cover, you must allow for the thickness of it when using the scale ruler on the shaft of the tool. There is a reminder instruction on the foot pad to subtract 1mm or 1/32” from the size that you require the Scribing Tool to be set to.
Warren, Owner Unicraft Joinery
“We strive to give our clients the highest level of quality possible. The scribing tool has complemented our goals by making our fitting stage of joinery faster and even more accurate. My staff have been able to pick up this tool and immediately use it to produce a better finished job.”
Adam, 2nd Year Gen Y Apprentice
“I loving using the scribing tool, particularly on bench tops and when I have something long to fit. The one handed use makes it very easy and better than the old way of two hands holding a pen and packers. I’m only in the second year of my apprenticeship and my fitting of cabinets is as good as a qualified tradesman. It’s a great tool. My trade school teachers are pretty impressed with it too.”