Versaguide Tutorial

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We highly recommend that you first read and understand the standard Speedguide Tutorial before reading about and working with adjustments.

Adjusting the Positions of Individual Straightedges


Set first straightedge to left side of 0 on rulers.

Starting from the left side of the Versaguide, the first straightedge (the one with a label) is meant to always be set to 0 at top and bottom. The bottom knob on this straightedge has a special washer that allows angle locking, which is necessary for the Versaguide to function (see “Setting the Angle” below). All other knobs can lock position on the rail, but will always freely rotate, and cannot lock the Versaguide angle. Do not use the hex key tool to tighten these other knobs.


Adjust position of straightedges by gently loosening knobs at either end.

To adjust the position of a straightedge, gently loosen both knobs.


Glide straightedge to desired increment using the rulers on top and bottom rails.

Glide the straightedge to be flush against the left side of the ruler markings at your desired increment, using both the top and bottom rulers. Do not worry about the offset for your scoring tool, as you will always start your scores by using your scoring tool as a guide (see Speedguide instructions for making a Zero Mark).


Gently tighten knobs to secure.  Do not use hex Key to tighten.

Gently hand-tighten both knobs to secure straightedge in place.  Do not overtighten. Do not use the hex key tool to tighten these knobs.


Center between blue guide lines.

IMPORTANT: For optimal precision, ensure each straightedge is centered between the blue horizontal guidelines on the top and bottom rulers.  Straightedges may slightly vary in length, but it is important that each one is centered relative to the two blue guidelines. This way, when angles are adjusted later, the straightedges will rotate in a way that keeps them parallel to one another.


Add or remove straightedges by loosening both knobs and sliding on or off the ends of rails.

Add or remove straightedges by loosening both knobs and sliding on or off the rails.  You do not need to completely unscrew the nut from the knobs to remove the straightedges. 


Or, completely remove knobs. Re-attach with washer in correct location.

However, if you desire to remove a straightedge that is boxed in by other straightedges, it is possible to completely unscrew the knob from the nut and remove the straightedge by lifting up.  The nut will remain inside the rail and may be removed later, or simply left in place. Take care to keep the knob and washer, and remember how the washer is set inside the straightedge. The straightedge can then be re-attached as needed later.

 

Setting the Angle


Loosen Lock ¼ turn to unlock.
 

The knob at the bottom left (nearest your left hand) is the angle lock knob.  Use a 3/16 hex key/allen wrench (provided) to loosen it only about ¼ to ½ turn counterclockwise to unlock the Versaguide.  Avoid over-loosening, as the straightedge may slip and need readjusting. 

Note: It is easiest and most accurate to set straightedge increments while Versaguide is at 90 degrees, and then to adjust to another angle afterward.


Rotate until aligned flush with protractor or t-square

Then adjust the Versaguide to the desired angle by using a protractor or T-square. Set protractor to desired angle. Place protractor or T-square base flush against bottom edge of bottom rail and adjust Versaguide so that one side of a straightedge meets flush with the protractor or t-square arm. It is recommended to first rotate the Versaguide to a slightly more acute angle, then gently open back up until the straightedge makes flush contact with the protractor or t-square arm.

*Note that when you angle the Versaguide, the area between the rails will be reduced.  Ensure that the piece of glass you are working with will fit in the dimensions of the angled Versaguide before you begin scoring.  You may have to scale down the glass first.


Hold firmly and use hex key to Re-tighten lock knob. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN.

Finally, use the hex key to hand-tighten the lock knob until snug. Take care not to allow the Versaguide angle to change as a result of tightening the knob. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN, as this will damage the rail. When locked, the Versaguide should resist moderate rotational pressure, so that the angle is maintained when pressing your tool against the straightedge guides to score your glass.


Rotate glass and Versaguide so that straightedges run perpendicular to you.

 

You are ready to cut angles! We recommend always running the scoring tool toward you, so suggest rotating the glass and Versaguide together so that the straightedges run perpendicular to you.  This will improve precision by reducing any accidental sideways tilting of the scoring tool.  Ensure glass is flush with the rail and score. 

Follow best scoring practice as outlined in the Speedguide tutorial for quality results.

 

Acute Angles and Tightly Spaced Scores

*For very acute angles or tight spacing, it may be necessary to remove some of the straightedges, or there will not be space between them for your scoring tool.  In these cases, follow this process for making tightly spaced scores:


Mark glass for tightly spaced scores.

Simply mark the glass where you intend to begin scoring and again at your desired increment. You may need more marks, depending on how tightly spaced your scores will be.


Place straightedges at some multiple of that spacing.

Then space each straightedge on the Versaguide to twice (or another larger multiple if necessary) the desired increment. Again: It is best to set straightedge increments while Versaguide is at 90 degrees, and then to adjust the angle afterward.


Align at the point where a straightedge meets the bottom rail slightly to the left of bottom point of your first score, so that the wheel of your scoring tool will meet that point exactly.  Score glass. 

When ready, align the Zero Mark on the Versaguide to the first mark on the glass and make your scores.


Repeat for additional marks.

Repeat the above for the second mark on the glass. The scores you make now will fill in the desired increment pattern. Repeat to score additional marks if needed.


For a wider piece of glass, align at your last score, then second to last, and so on.

To extend the scoring along a wider piece of glass, align the Zero Mark to your last score, and score along each straightedge.  Repeat the process using the second to last score and so on until all desired increments have been scored.

Reassembling the Versaguide


Your Versaguide comes fully assembled.  If for some reason you must disassemble its parts, be sure to reassemble parts as shown here.


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