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Project by Steve Erwin posted 12-23-2015 05:05 AM 1190 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been in need of a panel gauge for awhile, but I didn’t want to spend $85-225 for one by Lie-Nielsen or Hamilton Tools, even though both are excellent and well-made tools.

So I bought $45 worth of brass from McMaster-Carr and figured it out on my own. Most of the credit for this design goes to Galoototron, but his site has been down for a few weeks. I ground an old plow plane blade down to a spearpoint and it works amazingly well. Thumbsup for DIY.

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born. - http://honeydowoodworking.blogspot.com





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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 12-23-2015 07:25 AM

LOL! elegant tool!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Steve Erwin

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#2 posted 12-23-2015 02:09 PM

Thanks, Doc. So far the only problem I’ve had is the thumb screw doesn’t stay adhered to the bolt. I tried adding some super glue and seems okay at the moment. Maybe hide glue would be a better option, or epoxy…

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born. - http://honeydowoodworking.blogspot.com

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WoodNSawdust

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#3 posted 12-23-2015 02:41 PM

Very nice looking panel gauge. I have had good experiences “locking” bolts to threaded rod with Loctite. Get the permanent one I believe it is the red one.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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Steve Erwin

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#4 posted 12-23-2015 03:01 PM

Ah, great advice. Thank you!

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born. - http://honeydowoodworking.blogspot.com

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 12-24-2015 05:25 AM

Red Locktite and let dry overnight, we use it in automotive all the time. You can get a small tube at any parts store. Try this link

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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mafe

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#6 posted 12-24-2015 02:03 PM

Looks really fine, great work on that panel gauge.
Loctite is also a friend of mine.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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SteveGaskins

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#7 posted 12-27-2015 01:20 AM

Great looking gauge!

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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