Large Layout Tools


Lost Art Press LLC was founded in 2007 by John Hoffman and Christopher Schwarz, and they recently introduced a couple of new layout tools. The FirstLightWorks Bevel Monkey ($36) is a bevel setting gauge for woodworkers, chair-makers, carpenters and joiners – in fact, anyone who needs to quickly and accurately set a sliding bevel. The tool is marked in 0.5° steps from 0° to 50°. The gauge makes it easy to set a sliding bevel to the correct angle from plans, an existing object or a photograph. Set your bevel to the angle you wish to read and use the Bevel Monkey to determine what that angle is. For example, it can be used to determine rake and splay from a photograph. Bevel Monkey is manufactured in the U.K. from a 3.2mm three-ply acrylic laminate with high contrast-laser engraved markings. The acrylic is an outstanding material. It is durable, lightweight and won’t ding tools in your chest.

The FirstLightWorks Big Protractor ($41) is made for anyone who needs to set out angular measurements and requires something bigger and more precise than the plastic protractor from your school set. It is suitable for woodworkers, joiners, carpenters, chair-makers and anyone else who makes things using angles that aren’t exactly 90°.  It’s almost 12” wide, acrylic laminate, marked in single degrees for reading both clockwise and counter-clockwise, and makes it easy to mark or read to a fraction of a degree.