I've never used one for real in a project. I know what they do, but really have never seen them used. All the framers and deck people I would expect to use one use levels and laser levels.
So I'd like to get some info from users of plumb bobs as to what qualities should a good plumb bob have? I want to make one on the lathe for a simple project. I am not going to try to get fancy, just build a good purposeful plumb bob.
Material: Brass tarnishes so would need a clearcoat, is heavy. Bronze, cool but who's going to pay $150 for a plumb bob. Stainless, could work. Or do we care more about weigth than material, and who cares if it rusts or pits or tarnishes over time?
Weight: What is a reasonable weight for a plumb bob, one that you would use most often?
Size: Does size matter? Some women think so, but we're talking about plumb bobs.
Shape: Does this matter at all, it's just a mass hanging on the end of a string, as long as the bob is reasonably balanced the point will be true.
Interested in your thoughts.