Yahoo answers describes a Thingamejig as "A vague noun - something that a person can't put a name on just this second. Often with a connotation of a small machine or tool. In that sense, often related to "thing-a-ma-bob."
We we have found a tool that you may call a thingamejig but more likely you will call it "that cool scribing thing" Whatever you decide to call it is fine as long as you have one to call it something. This is by far, in our opinion, the coolest, more accurate, easiest to use scribers we have ever seen.
How It Works
We promise you that this tool will be your new best mate, saving you time and always getting you an accurate finish.
The Thingamejig scribing tool is constructed with lightweight anodized aluminum so it won’t rust, with the blades made from highly durable Tungsten Carbide. To ensure precision results, the tool’s measuring ruler has been laser cut with easy to read dimensions. Other features include:
· Scribes laminates, painted Items, stone, soft metals, timber, veneers plus much more.
· Single handed use, freeing up one hand to steady the item you are scribing.
· Increased occupational health and safety by freeing up one hand to steady yourself when scribing while standing on a ladder.
· Ability to accurately retrace your lines.
· Reduces the chipping of paint/laminate when trimming.
· Reduces chipping when scribing and trimming across timber grain.
· Reduces your body from being in a prone position due to only requiring one hand to operate.
Watch the demo video
Position the item you wish to scribe in the desired position, ensuring it is level or parallel to the surface it is to be fitted to.STEP 2)
Determine the amount that needs to be removed from your item to ensure it will fit tightly against the surface it is to be fitted to. This can be done by finding the maximum gap between item and the surface it is to be fitted to.STEP 3)
ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ENOUGH EXCESS MATERIAL AVAILABLE TO REMOVE TO ENSURE YOU DON’T MAKE THE ITEM TOO SMALL.
Generally when cabinetry is custom made, there is additional material allowed for to fit to the imperfections of walls, floors and ceilings.STEP 4)
Once you have determined the amount to be removed, set the tool to that size. This is done by unscrewing the lock nut, then have the required measurement at the top of the blade holder.
THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO ENSURE ACCURATE REFERENCING OF THE REFERENCE SURFACE (FLOOR, WALL, CEILING ETC) ONTO YOUR ITEM.
Place the tool in your hand and hold it so it is at 90º to the surface you are marking (See below).
Now place pressure on the tool so it maintains contact with the reference surface, but is still free enough to move horizontally or vertically
Move the scribing tool back and forwards along the reference surface with the blade maintaining contact with the item to be marked. Apply slight pressure against the blade as you move it along so it cuts and marks the item you are scribing. Continue this process and increase the pressure on the blade until you are satisfied that the item has been marked and you can see the line that you need to trim your item to.
Now trim your item to the line with an electric planer or jigsaw, ensuring that you trim exactly to the line. Your item should now have the perfect fit.
Before and After installation shots