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Jim Tolpin’s article “Secrets of the Sector” in the June 2011 issue has stirred up a lot of interest and discussion among our readers. A sector is a way to eliminate arithmetic, especially division (multiplication’s tricky friend). To help readers understand the sector, I made a couple short videos: Video: Jim Tolpin’s ‘Secret of the … Read more
As Jim Tolpin’s article on sectors from the June 2011 issue is getting into the hands of readers, we have had a few questions about the tool. One question is, of course: “Where can I buy one?” I don’t recommend you try to purchase a real sector. They are small affairs that were intended more … Read more
In the June 2011 issue we have Jim Tolpin building the “Ultimate Router Table.” Nah, just yanking your chain. He’s actually building a wombat house. Ha. Got you. In truth, Tolpin wrote a great article about how to build and use a “sector.” What’s a sector? It is like magic wands that have been hinged … Read more
Just 2 sticks and 1 hinge will eliminate both math and errors from your layout work.
By Jim Tolpin
From the June 2011 issue #190
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If you haven’t heard of the sector, it probably means you aren’t an artisan or a ship’s navigator living and working
in the 17th and 18th centuries.
An invention attributed to Galileo, the sector is a calculation instrument comprised of a pair of hinged sticks
engraved with a variety of scales that – coupled with a pair of dividers – enabled you to solve trigonometry, division and multiplication problems (amongst other functions).
Video: Watch a sector in use in the shop.
Web site: Visit the Port Townsend School of Woodworking’s web site.
To buy: “The New Traditional Woodworker” by Jim Tolpin.
In our store: “Measure Twice, Cut Once” by Jim Tolpin.
A simple fixture lets your table saw cut curves, patterns and tenons in one pass. By Jim Tolpin Pages: 84-90 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now My universal fence fixture – the heart of my table saw system to which an entire galaxy of accessories can be attached – greatly expands … Read more
Many woodworkers dream of ‘going pro.’ Before you take the leap, read this. By Jim Tolpin Page: 104 From the February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now It’s now been more than three decades since I began to work wood for a living. In the beginning, I operated alone out of a one-car garage … Read more