I met Mike Lueck at the National Hardware Show a few years back. He and a partner had rented a booth in a section reserved for inventors with brand new products. They were showing a prototype of the Mosley Infinity Level, a modular level made up of one- and two-foot sections that could be joined end-to-end to make longer levels or edge-to-edge to make a right angle level or T-square. It was a clever design with possible application to hanging doors and installing windows, cabinets, and tile—or any job where you might need to install something both level and square. The prototype was cobbled together from custom-made parts and an off-the-shelf Empire level.
It was a clever idea, but I didn’t expect to ever see Lueck again because most of the people who set out to develop tools run out of money or quit before ever bringing a product to market. But what do you know, I see him again at last year’s JLC Live New England with a nice looking, entirely custom-made prototype of the level. Fast forward to last month and Lueck is again exhibiting at JLC Live, this time with a production model of the tool that can be purchased from his website. You can see an interview of him at that show in the video below.
Lueck recently embarked on a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to increase production and lower the cost of the Mosley Infinity Level. I’ve written about crowdfunded tool projects before and as with all such projects, it’s buyer beware because there’s no guarantee an “investment” will get you anything. Still, as crowdfunded tools go, this is one of the better ones I’ve seen. I have yet to use this level so I can’t vouch for its usefulness, but it’s clearly well-made and looks like the sort of tool that would be limited only by the creativity of the tradesman using it. The price of the level is currently quite high. I hope Lueck succeeds in bringing it down, because at the right price, there are carpenters out there who will want one of these levels.