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Blog entry by madts posted 02-21-2014 04:05 PM 1804 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time ago I bought a dial indicator and a magnetic tower to hold it. This was among other things for a major table saw tune up. Loved the dial indicator and hated the tower.

I made the jig below that fits in the miter slot, for adjusting the blade.

Then the tower broke and needing some very precise cuts, I wanted to use the indicator for getting the rips very accurate, I came up with this thingy.

Thanks for looking and having some fun.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#1 posted 02-21-2014 04:07 PM

Very creative.

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#2 posted 02-21-2014 04:47 PM

Nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Rick M.

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#3 posted 02-21-2014 05:43 PM

That is awesome. I may completely steal that idea.


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#4 posted 02-21-2014 05:51 PM

Nice save, I just hate to throw things away as bad as I hate to replace a tool that I know will break like the last one …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 02-21-2014 05:52 PM

So it is used to measure the tolerances of LJ’s in a guessing game thread?? ;)

-- Who is John Galt?

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#6 posted 02-21-2014 06:13 PM

Good one, it’s like watching luminosity (sp)

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#7 posted 02-21-2014 06:21 PM

Madts, that first photo looks just like mine!

How does that new tool help setting up precise rips … I just can’t see it I guess!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 02-21-2014 06:27 PM

oldnovice: Say you want to cut stock .75 in. Cut the stock a tad over size. Measure it say .79. Then put the dial indicator against the fence and then move the fence .04 in. Works like a charm. The on/off magnet holds everything in place.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#9 posted 02-21-2014 06:48 PM

OK, it was as obvious as could be!
I thought you used it to set up the very first cut and opposed to the final cut!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 02-21-2014 06:49 PM

You can also set your fence against the blade, zero the DI, then move the fence; assuming your DI has enough travel for the cut. I rarely need to cut anything so accurately but it would be nice to have for those times.


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#11 posted 02-21-2014 09:49 PM

Ok, the dimensions clearly weren’t a tell of any sort. The two radii cut at the base of the clamping arms for the indicator were there for the reason I suspected. Very cool, and no doubt much cheaper than anything from Starrett.

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#12 posted 02-22-2014 03:45 AM

I need to build one .
Cool idea.

-- Kiefer 松

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#13 posted 03-13-2014 10:39 AM

Super cool and clever.
I will have to look at this also. ;-)
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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