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Vintage vs. Modern Tools

See how tool materials and designs have changed over the years as experts compare tape measures, squares, bevels and more.

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sliding bevels have evolved since the early tool
Photo 3 of 6Sliding bevels have come a long way since the days of the traditional tool.

Sliding Bevels (3 of 6)

This traditional sliding bevel near the bottom of the picture has a brass star inlaid into the handle. It has a knob to adjust angles when working with miters. Its modern equivalent has a battery-powered LED readout and can lay out or measure angles to 1/10th of a degree accuracy.

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