the Libella

This classic tool built civilizations. Now you can build one for yourself.
By Samuel L. Peterson
Pages: 72-73

From the August 2006 issue #156
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Perhaps you have seen some of these in high-end tool catalogs, and have wondered what they are. The plumb level – also called a libella – was once a standard piece of equipment for the woodworker, carpenter and surveyor. In fact, a basic set of tools would always require this tool that could do so much. It can determine plumb and level, act as a square and even as a ruler if needed. The modern toolbox would need three tools to replace it: a spirit level, a plumb bob and a framing square. While the three modern tools excel in their individual tasks, the libella can still stand on its own as a jack-of-all-trades. It also has a great history behind it.

From the August 2006 issue #156
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