|Project by ChunkyC||posted 12-09-2009 04:55 AM||3959 views||26 times favorited||18 comments|
The ever versatile and ever useful dial indicator. I’ve made a parallel fixture, perpendicular fixture and now a Height Gauge. Mine is made from 2 pieces of MDF glued together, 5-1/2” x 2” x 1-1/4”. I drilled a 3/8” hole for the dial indicator and used a #10 setscrew to secure the dial to the fixture. I think I spent a whopping 20 minutes on the project sans glue drying. I think I’ll use a 1/4” round over to ease the corners and give it coat or two of poly, sometime. lol
Using the fixture is straight forward. Just install the dial indicator in the base and secure with the setscrew. Set the fixture on a known flat surface and zero the dial. Straddle the blade, router bit, et al and read the height in thousandths of an inch. The dado set in the picture is 0.500 +- .001.
We don’t need anything this accurate but I find it easier to use a height gauge to set the blade height.
-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135