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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.

cc

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1687 days ago

Well done chunk

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Rj

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#2 posted 1687 days ago

now this is something I could use . Thanks for posting this

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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cabinetmaster

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#3 posted 1687 days ago

I have the dial indicator now I need to make one too. Thanks for the post.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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KevinVan

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#4 posted 1687 days ago

Very simple and accurate. Would a couple of magnets recessed in the bottom help hold it in place? I’m going to put this on my to-do list. Thanks

-- ALS IK KAN “to the best of my ability,”

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WoodshopJoe

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#5 posted 1687 days ago

Awesome idea, I am going to have to do this

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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Monty Queen

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#6 posted 1687 days ago

Excellent job i have a height gauge that i use on my router table. However it would be nice to have one of those gauges . Thanks.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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CKM

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#7 posted 1687 days ago

Great idea, I’m definitely going to make one of these. Thanks for the post.

-- CKM - Minnesota

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GaryK

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#8 posted 1687 days ago

Looks good!

Now you just need a flat disk on the bottom of the indicator to make it easier to find top dead center.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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ChunkyC

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#9 posted 1687 days ago

KevinVan: I thought of that too. I might add a couple but they wouldn’t do any good for the router table.

GaryK: Amen! Any idea where to get accessories like that? I haven’t tried looking yet but I’ll try McMaster-Carr and see what comes up.

Thanks for the comments!

cc

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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ChunkyC

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#10 posted 1687 days ago

Yup – McMaster-Carr comes through again.

There is a hole host of adapters on page 2240 of the catalog.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#11 posted 1687 days ago

Very usefull

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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footprints

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#12 posted 1687 days ago

The best ideas are always so obvious once someone points them out to you. That’s why I like LumberJocks so much. Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- Ray, Phoenix, Maryland

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Scott Bryan

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#13 posted 1687 days ago

Chunk, this is a pretty good idea. I certainly will have to put one of these on my to-do list.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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stefang

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#14 posted 1686 days ago

I have the woodworker’s version of this Chunky, similar to your aerospace model, but without the dial indicator. It’s a piece of wood that slides up and down in a dovetail slot and with a measure indicator. Some people think it’s sick to be obsessed, but we woodworkers all have one or more obsessions and I think it’s what makes the hobby interesting. Love your gauge. Waiting to see what you come up with next!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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blooipr

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#15 posted 1587 days ago

Thank you for sharing. I’lll have to make me one of those. Is tricky to set the height when doing my puzzles .this will make it alot easier

-- INTERLOCKING PUZZLES

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