Tool: Veritas Trammel Points
These clever stainless steel trammel points (for scribing large arcs and circles) from Veritas work a little differently than my vintage set, which fit only on a fixed-sized beam. The narrow-bodied heads are open on one side, and can thus be attached to any flat piece of material up to 1⁄4” in thickness – so, a yardstick, wood or metal rule, or any thin offcut in the scrap bin. Caveat: When attached to a metal rule, the head slips unless you crank the screw down hard – but the nicely knurled grip allows for a good hold to do so.
Also unlike my vintage pair, which has needle-like points, the tips on these trammel points are for the most part rounded, with a small, sharp point at only the very bottom. I’ll be interested to see how long that holds up under use, but so far, I’ve had no trouble scribing a clean arc on any of the five domestic hardwoods I’ve tried (nor on Eastern white pine).