Historic Odd-Job

$ 35.7 89.9500
Bestseller Historic Odd-Job
#1 Odd-Job now Available in two sizes
Stock Number Item Description Availability Price Order Qty
23N02.01 Odd-Job (W/6 In. Rule)

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19S11.02 12 In. Brass/Wood Rule

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23N02.10 Standard Odd-Job + 12" Rule

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Regular Price: $49.15

Special Price $44.50

23N03.01 Large Odd Job

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23N03.04 18" Maple/Brass Rule

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23N03.20 Large Odd Job + 18" Rule

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Regular Price: $98.70

Special Price $89.95

Made from 1888 to the early 1930's, and rediscovered by Garrett Wade, the Odd-Job will provoke admiring glances. It's an inside mitre and try square, a depth gauge, a scribing tool for arcs and circles, a T-square, a depth marking scribe (excellent for marking out mortises), a plumb level, and a rule. Made of solid brass and steel, and carefully machined on all sides. Hardwood Rules are brass-bound and graduated in inches and metric units.

The Standard Odd Job has been available from Garrett Wade for about 20 years. Now we have a new larger size - with more impressive heft and greater utility. The Standard Odd Job is 4" long and comes with a 6" Rule, inches on one side and metric on the other. A 12" Rule is available in addition. The Large Odd Job is 5-3/4" long - 43 longer and comes with the 12" Rule, with an 18" Rule available in addition. All Maple/Brass Rules are excellent woodworking tools used alone.

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  • Gift

    Johnny P, 5/2/2015 I received the tool as a gift, it's a great looking tool, but mine must be for show since the brass edges of the rule are not secured it falls to pieces when I attempt to use it. I would not recommend it as a layout tool.

    Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
    Thank you for your review on the Odd Job w/6” Rule. We are sorry to hear that this tool isn't fully functional. It may be defective. Please feel free to return it using the label which was included. You may request another, and ask that our technician check out the replacement. If you would like to phone our technician, he can be reached at 1-800-221-2942.
  • Great Gadget

    Miskodad, 1/3/2015 Frequently at a loss for solutions to small project problems. This tool lets me think out loud with something in my hands. No longer to fret what do I need or how to attack the issue. Solutions are best thought out with the help of the hands.
  • Very Helpful

    Thomas, 10/22/2014 These come in handy for odd jobs, hence the name. The base is solid, but the rulers feel more delicate and may not stand up to heavy use.
  • A Craftsman's Christmas Gift

    Lawrence Hall, 9/20/2014 I purchased Garrett Wade's Standard Odd Job for a craftsman neighbor. He is proud of his knowledge and skills, and while he can do the McGiver thing better than McGiver his own tools are the best. The Standard Odd Job is an elegant little multi-purpose measure and square made of wood, steel, and brass. In a world cluttered with disposable, mass-produced tools, the Standard Odd Job is a perfect example of the quality workmanship that makes Garrett Wade the go-to supplier for those who love quality.
  • Still on the (Odd) Job

    John MTO, 12/17/2013 On the job since 1870's I believe. Marking, measuring and cutting are still necessary. No need to reinvent the wheel. Bought this for my brother his grew little feet.
  • Great Little Tool

    Dick Mossey, 12/14/2013 A great, handy little tool for so many things, from table saw blade heights to scribing circles. Makes hard jobs easy. Lives up to the catalog writeup in all respects.
  • A Little Doer

    Philip Knight, 12/1/2013 I have used the regular Odd Job for about ten years and have found it to be brilliant. It really is the tool I reach for from my top drawer the most. I am seriously considering the Large Odd Job now that I know it is available. An absolute " must have" tool for any woodworker/ handyman."
  • MR

    Frank Hulsey, 10/6/2013 I wish I hadn't waited so long to order the odd-job, I've used it everyday, and couldn't be happier!
  • Most Used Tool In The Drawer

    Ian Broughton, 5/9/2013
  • True and Square

    Noble Krugman, 1/1/2013 Since doing a lot of chests of drawers (antique) I needed a way to line up the new drawer guides square and even as the old ones are usually poor and need replacement with original wood to match. The 18 inch odd job goes all the way to the back of the chest and makes it easy to line up the hard to get at places. A great tool for this.
  • Incomplete

    John Beatty, 6/19/2012 Would be better if it came with the screws to hold it together...mind didn't.
  • Great For Circles But

    Charlie Tall, 4/22/2012
  • Uncommon Excellence in a Layout Tool

    Don Mackintosh, 1/19/2012 Odd-Job is not only beautiful to look at but it's inspirational in its layout capabilities. I've only had my Standard Odd-Job for a few days but find it indispensable. I'll most likely be ordering the Jumbo-sized one in the near future.
  • Odd Job Rules - Poor Quality Manufacturing

    Dave Maude, 12/28/2011 Good potential but the poor manufacturing quality of the rules doesn't justify the cost and rendered the entire tool partially useless. Both 12 and 18" rules had poorly fit brass edging (ends were grossly mismatched) which disallowed precise work. The 18" rule had 1/8" bow in it that rendered it useless."
  • Interesting Little Tool But It's Not Always Square...

    Patrick, 12/7/2011 The odd job is a neat little tool but it seems to have a few problems. First, because of the way the ruler is held in by a set screw, sometimes it is not always square. I've seen it be 90 degrees, but I've also seen it around 85 degrees, so be sure to check it every time. I've been told this might be a manufacturing defect so I'm going to trade it in and find out. Additionally, although this tool has a bunch of uses, I've been using it mostly as a try square and a miter tool. I'd love to use it as a depth marking gauge but I can't seem to figure out how to use it based on the directions online. I'd strongly suggest getting the one that comes with a 6 and a 12" ruler, just because these are great rulers to use for other things as well [but Garrett Wade does sale them alone if you really just want a ruler]. Overall it's a neat tool, but you might need to check it before you use it."
  • Odd Job Rule

    Tom Chapman, 7/14/2011 Odd rule would be a nice addition to any woodworkers tool box. Designed to measure standard and metric elements. The numbers are easy to read and great for any sawdust covered work shop. Comes in Standard size and Jumbo size.
  • For The Nephews

    Mary, 6/23/2011 These are clever tools, useful for many jobs still unknown. The feel of each piece is the feel of a classic. I know I would like one for myself.
  • Odd Plus Perfect; A Nice Combination

    David Colby, 6/5/2011 The perfect tool for that odd job. Very nice quality for a very reasonable price.
  • Historic #1 Odd-Job

    Bradley Leben, 3/8/2011 Excellent service and fast shipping. Two of the top things you look for when dealing online with a company. But the top one is quality of the products they offer. Garrett Wade offer the best!
  • Just Plain Fun To Use

    Cory, 3/4/2011 I have other tools that will do what the Odd Job does, but for some reason it's just fun and satisfying to use. I've laid out a couple of decorative projects with it, in one case using it in lieu of a miter box (loaned to a neighbor) to cut door trim. It's slightly unintuitive at first, but soon becomes familiar. I do believe the 12-inch ruler should be standard, though--it greatly increased the utility of the tool.
  • Odd Job

    Randy, 1/11/2011 Very neat concept. Useful in laying out tenons, square and 45 degree miters, and especially as a depth gauge. Precisely ground brass body. Heavy construction. The longer rule also useful alone or with odd job.
  • Love It

    Squarenutt, 1/4/2011 I love this little tool. makes setting up tools fast. A joy to hold and use.
  • Nice Tool

    Bobby Bailey, 12/30/2010 Bought this tool for my brother, He does woodworking and leather working. The Odd-Job was a heavy, well made tool.
  • Works Beautifully But...

    Cory Farley, 12/24/2010
  • Thanks For Product/Good Shipping.

    Jimmie N. Webber, 12/15/2010 I'm sure the Odd-Job will be a very useful tool for my son. It seems an appropriate gift; however, I will want to include the description so that he is aware of its purposes. Thanks.
  • Proud To Give It

    Dick Butler, 12/10/2010 A quality tool. We were proud to give as a gift.
  • Wowiewow Wow Wow

    Casey D. Gilfoy, 12/6/2010 The maple and brass rulers are absolutely handsome. The 18 inch ruler has a thicker and heavier brass inlay that adds to its beauty and usefulness. I have the Standard Odd Job and all three lengths of the rulers. They have proven to be most helpful in the design, manufacture, and assembly of projects from jewelry boxes to a twelve foot square shed for my work shop. Thank You, Case.
  • Versatile Addition - Great Gift

    Ninth Wave, 12/6/2010 I received the Odd-Job with 6 rule, plus the 12" rule together as a gift. I have admired the Odd-Job for a while in the catalogs, but it isn't a tool I would have bought for myself - it looks so fancy! Now that I have it I can't imagine not having it withing easy reach at all times. I keep finding new applications for the different marking and measuring aspects built into this compact tool. I feel spoiled having it, but I love it. It is well made, nicely detailed, and endlessly practical."
  • Odd Job's Not Odd At All

    John S, 12/3/2010 Well made, very nice, handy, and very cool! The markings on the rules could be darker for better readability.
  • Historic #1 Odd Job + 12

    Richard P. Muncie Sr., 5/3/2010 I recently bought Odd Job and haven't had a chance too use it much but like everything I get from Garrett Wade it appears to be top notch.
  • Good Function But Disappointing Finish

    Gary Merrill, 4/17/2010
  • Odd Job Does The Job

    T. Tate, 4/16/2010 Our forefathers knew a thing or two about utility as demonstrated by this handy little layout and marking tool. Simple in appearance yet fully featured. Perfect for quick projects, especially away from the shop. A definite must have for any tool box.
  • An Odd Tool

    woodie22, 4/15/2010 Yep... odd tool... but a useful one! Besides magnifying glasses, a rule, and a pencil, this is the one tool I always carry with me. Useful and convenient -- they claim you can build a house with it, drawings, saw, hammer and nails. I believe it!
  • So So

    Thomas Adderley, 4/14/2010 Find the build quality less than which I expected. The screw which is to be tightened to hold the ruler in place loosens to easily allowing the ruler to move just when you do not want it to.

    Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
    The # 1 Odd Job is one of our favorite tools which we have been selling for many years with success. We'll replace any defective product for  up to one year as we stand behind all of our products.  Customer was sent a free replacement.
  • Quality Tool

    Bob Gelb, 4/14/2010 I bought this tool as a measure, t-square and scribe. It is solid brass of very high quality. I keep it on my workbench, and now find it indispensable part of my working go-to" tools that get used. I don't know how I dealt with measuring issues before it arrived."
  • Great Tool

    Bob Gelb, 4/14/2010 Quality tool...I don't know how I worked without one...but you could do a better job on the instructions sheet.
  • Terrific Tool

    Woodie22, 1/1/2010 This is a terrific tool! Besides a pencil, a chuck key, and a Sharpie this is what I carry in my 'bib overalls' as I head for the shop! Indispensable friend for the woodworker. Get acquainted!
  • Overpriced

    Chris, 12/17/2009 A nice looking tool but can be found at other sites for half the price.
  • Measuring a 45

    Jim, 11/25/2009 Lastly there seems to be no way to capture a 45 with the tool on a counter trim edge." Remove the ruler and place it against the two flats along long edge. You will have to hold it, but you will get a true 45. This is a very handy tool and a great 'quick' set-up tool. The ruler does need trimming to a precise 6" so you can measure off both ends of the ruler (or to the closest cm if using metric). "
  • Has Potential but Disappointing Workmanship

    Charles, 11/23/2009
  • Odd Job

    Jack Warford, 11/8/2009 This tool has become so essential in my work that I pocket it as I walk past my workbench because sooner or later in the next hour, I'm going to need it. I just ordered another one.
  • Shiny

    Metis, 4/23/2009 This lil guy is named brilliantly. He's not a framing square, and not really a speed square, but if you need a quick square, or to scribe something or mark a small circle, it's in your pocket and will do that.
  • Close But,

    H Casey, 4/14/2009 A solid tool with two things that need improvement. The thumb screws do not hold the rulers very securely. Tool needs a notch for the ruler to be pushed into by the screw. Lastly there seems to be no way to capture a 45 with the tool on a counter trim edge.
  • This Just Feels Right!

    Jim Child, 4/14/2009 I doubly enjoy doing something when I get to use my Odd-Job. There is such a quirk" element to this handful of brass! I have a complete collection of "speed" and try squares and each of them is usually way bigger than they need to be for whatever the task at hand. The Odd-Job comes out of my tool pouch and sets things straight ...maybe I should say perpendicular! I get such pleasure when a tool looks good, feels good in my hand AND does a job of work without fuss and furor. Everyone needs an Odd-Job."
  • A Great Tool To Have In Your Tool Box

    David D. Brandt, 4/14/2009 I have a very complete collection of measuring and layout tools in my shop. However, this is the tool that sees a lot of use. I try to have it close at hand for virtually all projects in the shop. A no muss no fuss tool.
  • Odd Job A Bit Odd

    J L Bradley, 4/13/2009 This tool really will do it all if you take the time to learn how to use all of its features. I have found that it really is about the only layout tool I need to complete a variety of measuring and marking tasks from the very simple to the complex. The optional 12 ruler is a must though, to get the full advantage of this finely designed and manufactured tool. The only criticism I have is that if you turn the tool wrong side up without firmly securing the retaining screw, the brass head will fall off. I solved this by cutting two "rubber bands" from an old bicycle tube and looping them over the body. The ruler slides under them and they keep the whole thing together neatly. Overall a really good item to have in the tool box."
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