|Project by CueballRosendaul||posted 05-17-2016 02:30 PM||2517 views||22 times favorited||12 comments|
I built one of these for myself a couple years ago, and it seems like I’m always reaching for it. Whether planning the dimensions of a box, a bowl, where to locate dividers or door handles, this gauge takes the guesswork out and gives you the answer without having to do the math.
I recently joined the Mid Michigan Woodworkers Guild and was happy to see three young teenagers who attended their first meeting at the same time as my first meeting. After the meeting, I was trying to figure out what little things we could do to encourage them and keep them interested and inspired in the craft. I decided to make these gauges and give them to the young members at the next meeting (tonight).
I used some plans that I downloaded from THIS LINK
The material is purple heart 1/4” thick and 3/8” wide. The brass rivets (Chicago Screws) I found on eBay for a great price. The posts were a bit long, but I sanded them down on my belt sander. Finish is a couple coats of Danish oil. I placed one of the boxes I recently made in the top right of the first photo to show that the dimensions match the gauge. In our etsy shop, the projects that match the golden ratio are always fast sellers.
I’ll try to remember to snap a picture of the youngsters with them at the meeting tonight.
-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.