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Project by HokieKen posted 12-10-2018 03:24 PM 1011 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was inspired by the butt gauge EarlS made for the recent layout tool swap. It’s a really simple tool but it’s also a really useful tool and I had never really seen anything quite like it for some reason. So, per my usual MO, I shamelessly ripped Earl’s design off ;-)

I did make a couple of modifications to the hardware. I turned the brass locking knob on my metal lathe and instead of using a thru-bolt, I made a “stud” from a brass thumb nut and brass screw and epoxied it into place in a recess on the back. I liked the way Earl’s used a full length hardwood key to maintain alignment and rare earth magnets to hold the scale in place so it can be “calibrated”. So I carried those 2 ideas into my build as well as the overall dimensions.

The tool is made from Bolivian Rosewood. The dimesions of each piece are approximately 6” X 3” X 1/2”. The ends are covered with 1/8” thick brass wear plates. I used some 5/16” diameter rare earth magnets I had on hand to retain the Starrett scale which I also had on hand.

Thanks for looking. I see lots of possible uses for this guy in my shop. Thanks to Earl for the inspiration and the guidance he willingly lended :-) As always, comments and questions are welcomed!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 12-10-2018 03:32 PM

what A simply super sexy butt gauge (NO PUN) love the magnets , wood ,and also the brass knob would make and excellent stocking stuffer or bonus item in next swap but first you must send earl email LOL GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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KelleyCrafts

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#2 posted 12-10-2018 03:39 PM

Beautiful buddy! That thing will be handy for sure!

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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Woodknack

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#3 posted 12-10-2018 04:30 PM

Butts will be proud to have been measured with that beauty!

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 12-10-2018 04:36 PM

Yours looks a lot better than mine did. The original came from a set of on-line plans. The improvements and upgrades you included in your version improve the performance as well as the look.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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pottz

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#5 posted 12-10-2018 08:36 PM

man that is just gorgeous,your attention to detail really makes it a tool that will last many lifetimes,true craftsmanship kenny.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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HokieKen

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#6 posted 12-10-2018 08:56 PM

Thanks all! It’s still kinda shocking to me that this isn’t a more common tool. Like I said, I’ve never really seen anything quite like it until Earl did his. The old Incra gauge is basically the same from what I can gather but you don’t see it in many shops. And I spent a little time making this one pretty but if you leave the brass off, epoxy the scale in place and use a bolt and a wingnut to lock it, you could make one of these from scrap hardwood in a couple of hours.

So anytime you see someone dragging a combination square down a board edge marking a parallel line, tell ‘em you got a better idea! ;-)


Yours looks a lot better than mine did. The original came from a set of on-line plans. The improvements and upgrades you included in your version improve the performance as well as the look.

- EarlS

I don’t know about performance, there ain’t a lot going on here. I doubt either one will have any discernible advantage over the other in use. And hardware is kinda my thing. I’m fortunate enough to have a metal lathe and to know how to use it ;-) I have to say preference between my brass knob and your wood one is just a matter of personal taste. I like the lower profile which was my reason for the brass knob but your wood looks damn sexy! And I didn’t catch it until I was looking at yours again this morning but, I wish I had gone with 1/4” brass on the ends. I like the look of that much better on yours.

I find myself wondering if I need a 12” one as well… I don’t think I do but it was a fun build and I have several 12 scales so I might get one anyway ;-P

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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HokieKen

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#7 posted 12-10-2018 08:58 PM



Butts will be proud to have been measured with that beauty!

- Woodknack

Funny :-)) I started to title the project “How to Measure Your Butt”

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 12-10-2018 09:19 PM

I find myself wondering if I need a 12” one as well… I don’t think I do but it was a fun build and I have several 12 scales so I might get one anyway ;-P

Is this when I make a crack (see what I did there?) about liking big butts?

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 12-10-2018 11:48 PM

Beautifully made butt gauge!
Nice choice of wood and brass.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 12-11-2018 12:29 AM

Nicely done Kenny! You made a beautiful butt gauge.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#11 posted 12-11-2018 12:32 AM

They do say the imitation is the greatest form of flattery… but trying to one up someone makes you an a-hole :)

That thing is beautimus.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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HokieKen

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#12 posted 12-11-2018 01:02 AM

Dave P – I like to have an assortment of butts around ;-)

Fridge – I was an a-hole long before this!

Thanks Duck and Old Novice :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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rtbrmb

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#13 posted 12-11-2018 01:35 AM

very nice! looks very professionally done.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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swirt

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#14 posted 12-11-2018 02:28 AM

Nicely done. Looks great..

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#15 posted 12-11-2018 04:34 AM


Butts will be proud to have been measured with that beauty!

- Woodknack

Funny :-)) I started to title the project “How to Measure Your Butt”

- HokieKen

ROFLMAO

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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