Delta Mortiser 14-651 #16: Better Dial Indicator Mounting

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Blog entry by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 05-27-2011 12:13 PM 1756 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The gooseneck mounting on the dial indicator is just way too painful. I need something that is flexible and doesn’t get in the way of the machine..

Here’s a picture of what I am thinking about doing except it’s mocked up with wood. I think I will get a piece of metal that is right angle, mount one end under the screw at the base and screw the dial indicator to the bracket. This will be a single piece of metal. It needs to be adjustable for different chisel sizes.

Plumbers tape (hanger strap)
to the rescue!

Alternating 1/4” and 3/16” holes for versatility. Galvanized. Rigid but bendable. Available at Lowes Depot 1/4” holes will work…

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 05:50 PM

oops, I should have replied here when I said:

Or use a mighty mag…
Assuming the base is iron, use a magnetic base for the indicator. All you want to reference is how far your fence moved from the chisel right? (locate it as you said, centered under the chisel)
I use them whenever I want to see exactly how far I adjusted a fence – table saw usually- but any fence really.

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#2 posted 05-28-2011 12:59 PM

Thought about it but the plumbers tape is cheaper.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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