An Closer Look at the Ox Tools 48-Inch Trade Wood Mason Level
By Daniel Elms
Quality carpentry and masonry work require level and plumb lines. Derek Nichelson recently gave you a short history of the bubble, or spirit, level and said, “When you’ve got a good thing going, why stop it?”
The Ox Tools 48-Inch Trade Wood Mason Level is a laminated bamboo box level. Bamboo is increasingly popular, because it can be grown quickly, harvested easily, and processed into hundreds of products. If using it for tools seems curious to you, consider this: Bamboo has a tensile strength approaching steel’s, but a markedly lighter weight – making an impressive strength-to-weight ratio. Ox also claims that bamboo is less affected by temperature-induced expansion and contraction than steel, resulting in greater accuracy.
The length Ox offers right now, 48 inches, is a good, middle-of-the-road choice. It features two plumb and one level solid block acrylic vials. This makes them tough to break, but they are easy to read. The Ox Tools 48-Inch Trade Wood Mason Level’s bamboo is laminated, and then its long edges are protected by extruded aluminum bindings. Its short edges are protected with standard, rubberized end caps.
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