|Project by Owlcroft||posted 11-12-2016 07:59 PM||697 views||7 times favorited||6 comments|
A friend of mine, Bill, got me interested in using a Golden Rule gauge when designing projects. After some research in what it was and how it would help in designing new projects I decided it was time for me to make one.
My first one was a straight gauge based on the “Do It Yourself Projects” page, on the Golden Number website. My first problem was what to use for the pivot points. Most used brass rivets on the Internet. I could not find them locally so I looked for another solution. What I used was gold plated 1/2” Chicago Screws. They are easy to get, inexpensive and easy to install with a screw driver. Adding a rubber washer made it easy to adjust the resistance when opening and closing the gauge. The only modifications I made to the original design was to lengthen the top of one side and add a hole so I could mount it on my peg board when not in use; and a couple handles on both sides to make it easy to spread.
I showed Bill my gauge and he said that is nice, but why didn’t you make a fancy curvy version? Back to the drawing board latterly. My first problem was how to make the curves and keep the distances the same. I ended up using graph paper. I drew the straight pieces and at each pivot point I made a 1/2” circle. Then I free handed the curved shape around the 1/2” pivot points. Then it was just a matter of transferring it to the 1/4” walnut. Since the pivot point measurements had to be exact I used the graph as a guide and measured and drew the curved pieces on the walnut. Then it was off to the drill press and band saw to cut them out. Worked great.
Now, thanks to Bill, I have a practical working gauge for the shop; and a fancy curvy gauge to show off.