There are lots of ways to scribe cabinets to a wall or to scribe the legs of a chair to their final length. My favorite scribing tool – hands down – is the Tooley Park Fat Boy Scriber.
Made by Philip Sewell, a cabinetmaker in the U.K., this clever tool is well-made and extremely useful. The tool’s aluminum body surrounds a Delrin wheel. The wheel is locked using a knurled knob on the side of the tool. A second knurled knob locks a pencil in place in the wheel. The controls are easy to use and cinch down very well.
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When used for scribing chair legs, you level the chair’s legs, then use the scriber to mark the lines for sawing. The tool’s flat base keeps it planted firmly on the benchtop as you mark the legs.
There are a lot of versions of the Fat Boy on the Tooley Park website, many of them for specialty applications. I use the standard Fat Boy (without holes for a profile attachment).
— Christopher Schwarz
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