The Sliding Bevel Guide

The sliding bevel is a layout tool which is essential for accurate and precise woodwork. It is made up of two parts, the beam and the stock which can both move on an axis. These can be fixed using a wingnut to allow you to transfer an accurate angle marking.

The stock can be made from wood, plastic or metal. The beam is usually made from tempered spring steel and can vary in size. The locking system can vary, sometimes it is a wingnut which is tightened by hand, or sometimes it is sunken screw which needs a screwdriver. Both are very effective locking systems, however with the screw it allows you to lay the stock flush against the wood on both sides, whereas the protruding wingnut doesn’t allow for this.

Uses

This is used in the same way as the combination square, however unlike the combination square, it can be set at any angle. The tool is often used alongside other tools such as the layout knife to create precise markings for joints.

Terminology

Stock- The heavier part which is used to rest against the edge of the wood

Beam- The steel blade which can be moved to change the angle at which the guide is set

Other Names:

  • Sliding T bevel
  • T bevel
  • Bevel gauge

Parts of The Sliding Bevel

Pressure Plate

Beam

Locking Bolt

Locking Lever

Stock

If you want to read more on the sliding bevel, we recommend the following from Paul’s blog:

Bahco Sliding Bevels Keep on Sliding After Lockdown

Buying Good Tools Cheap- Sliding Bevel

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