Saw Height Gauge

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Project by ChrisinOttawa posted 10-11-2010 03:12 AM 4566 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my take on a saw blade height gauge. The nice hard maple was left over from a recent jointer plane. The imperial/metric ruler is double side tapped in a recess. The height block rides in a dovetail track with a brass plug that gets compressed against the stainless steel ruler to lock it in place. You raise the saw blade until it touches the height block and causes the gauge to rock ever so slightly. Seems to work well and you can always flip or re-cut the height block in the future.

-- Chirs in Ottawa

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 03:20 AM

Great solution. I will keep this in mind

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 10-11-2010 03:38 AM

I like it. I think I would set zero to the top of the block when the block was a the lowest position (flush with the table). That way you could loosen the nut and adjust the blade while keeping an eye on the gauge…

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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#3 posted 10-11-2010 03:43 AM

Nicely done. I applaude your quality workmanship.

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#4 posted 10-11-2010 03:59 AM

Great idea!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 10-11-2010 06:02 AM

Great job.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 10-11-2010 06:37 AM

Very cool and handy tool.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 10-11-2010 07:16 AM

shopmade tools is some of the best and this is a great one

thankĀ“s for sharing


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#8 posted 10-11-2010 07:29 AM

Good idea and a useful, well made tool.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#9 posted 10-11-2010 10:43 AM

It’s so cool, I love it!
You did take things to a higher level as I said, now I have to improve mine one day (so many projects, so little time).
You impress me.
Clay, I think it’s a good idea to raise the ruler, so it can be read from the top this I’ll do on mine.
Best thoughts,

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

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#10 posted 10-11-2010 11:17 AM

I like the gauge, Mads. As always, your a very creative man.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 10-11-2010 06:51 PM

Hello ChrisinOttawa

I like the system Simple but effective and nicely done

A lot of compliments for this project

I think that your project will inspire me for the future if you will agree

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#12 posted 10-12-2010 11:28 AM

Good idea and a useful, well made tool.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 10-13-2010 01:07 AM


-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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