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Bit Braces #3: Bit Gauges

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 05-05-2014 03:34 AM 1323 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a couple of styles of Stanley Bit Gauges that I thought may be of interest to folks using auger bits. These are Stanley #47 and #49 Bit Gauges. Essentially they attach to your auger bit and indicate when to stop drilling. The #47 has a spring that flexes when it reaches the desired depth. The #49 has a couple of wings and will not let you drill any further.

Keep your eyes open for these guys if you happen to be out rust hunting…

Stanley #47 Bit Gauge

Stanley #49 Bit Gauge

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov



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BigRedKnothead

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#1 posted 05-05-2014 03:51 AM

Man, that thing is pretty cool. Nice score Wayne.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#2 posted 05-05-2014 04:23 AM

I’ve had a #49 for a little while now, but I haven’t used it yet. Maybe if I start doing more M&T work with larger mortises, I might use it to drill out most of the waste… Seems useful though. Wish I would have had it when I was drilling out the mortises on my workbench legs…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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WayneC

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#3 posted 05-05-2014 04:43 AM

Thanks Red.

You will have to invent a project to use it Mos… :)

I watched a Roy Underhill combo plane video today. Thought of you Mos.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 11:58 AM

Man that’s pretty neat. I’ve never seen such a thing.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#5 posted 05-05-2014 01:17 PM

Very nice collection, Wayne!

Thanks for sharing the photos since bits and accessories are what I’m ‘shopping’ for now. Looks like I definately NEED a depth stop. :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 05-05-2014 02:03 PM

You’re welcome Terry.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 05-05-2014 09:52 PM

Wayne, I haven’t used my 47 yet, but I can attest to the value of the 49

If your going to hand drill big mortises, in say a workbench, you really need the 49

There is a pic in Schwarz’s workbench book of him using the 47.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#8 posted 05-06-2014 04:00 AM

TY Wayne, wasn’t aware of the 47 or 48.
Found a 49 in late Dad’s tool chest.
I’ll be on the look out.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#9 posted 05-06-2014 06:42 AM

Now that’s a great idea, depth stop for augers! Could have used one of them a little while back. Thanks for sharing, learn something new every day!

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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#10 posted 05-08-2014 06:13 PM

They are pretty useful. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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