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 Pattern-Making with a Jogglestick

"Is there a better way? Sure! Let's take a look in the toolbox of a nineteenth-century shipfitter. You'll probably see a gadget that looks like a pumped-up, coarse-toothed, wooden saber-saw blade. It's a "jogglestick"— sometimes called a "pattern stick"—and it's nothing more than a pointed wooden batten about 1½" x 24" overall, with deep (c. 1"), asymmetrical teeth cut along one edge. ... No, it's not state of the art. But it works. And that's the important thing, isn't it? The jogglestick on your basement workbench has come a long way from the naval dockyards of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries."

 (Submitted by Noel Mon Apr 26, 2004 )
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