Forstner Gauge

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Project by kshipp posted 07-21-2010 06:26 PM 3765 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this quick gauge to determine what side hole I might need to drill for a particular bolt. As you can see you place the bolt into the device and then you can read on the side the appropriate size bit.
Just a quick and dirty shop helper.

-- Kyle Shipp,

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#1 posted 07-21-2010 07:03 PM

I thought you were using awfully big bolts, then I saw the head in the gauge:-)) Tricky little gadget! good job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 07-21-2010 10:33 PM

Jigs and gauges always makes the job a lot easier. Great job on the gauge, neat trick.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#3 posted 07-21-2010 10:35 PM

I may have to steal the design from ya if ya don’t mind

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 07-21-2010 10:40 PM

What a great example of a “Now WHY didn’t I think of that” jig !!!

Form follows function. It’s very cool, and … will surely … work !

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 07-21-2010 10:46 PM

Nice and clever!

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 07-21-2010 10:52 PM

fantastic- worth going to a mfg/brand/label with and mass producing this. will sell like hot buns

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 07-21-2010 11:33 PM

Yes, this is really a cool idea, it’s a real eye opener.
Less is more!

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

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#8 posted 07-21-2010 11:38 PM

Great of course now on here it may be soon in a store near you courtesy of some manufacturerer without any scruples.

Just saying. Simple good idea soon to be claimed by others…...

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#9 posted 07-21-2010 11:56 PM

Nice idea



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#10 posted 07-22-2010 01:27 AM

Thank you for the idea, theft in progress don’t mind me I’m not printing the pictures so I can duplicate this. No not me….Great idea one of those, WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT

-- Ray

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#11 posted 07-22-2010 03:27 AM

Great idea. I gotta make one!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#12 posted 07-22-2010 04:58 AM

Now thats a slick jig. Very clever indeed.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#13 posted 07-22-2010 06:28 AM

Nicely done

-- Norman

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#14 posted 07-22-2010 11:03 PM

Here’s the obligatory question for every project post…

“What wood is that?”


-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#15 posted 07-23-2010 12:54 AM

What a great idea. Keep those jigs coming.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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