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Project by FreddyS posted 01-24-2011 06:17 PM 3000 views 36 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And now, a small height gauge for the table saw and router table, again inspired by mafe’s tools ;)

I made it so it can go up to 4 inches, plenty enough for the table saw.

Wood is tzalam, the screw came from a 70’s rickenbacker bass I kept from a strap lock upgrade on a friend’s bass and the tube nut from a discarded tv stand from the 70’s too, this two items waited like 10 years to find a new use :)

The slot to hold the height block was made with a keyhole router bit for hanging frames, and routed a tongue on the height block to keep it aligned to the base, the screw goes thru the tongue to fasten the block into the base.

The bottom on the height block is made from a scrap piece of aluminum, basically just for the looks but it should help with longevity too, aluminum being softer than blades teeth and router bits shouldn’t hurt them if you hit them with it.

Also added paper printed rulers, inches on one side and centimeters on the other.

First I glued the paper to an acetate sheet using 3M photo mount spray to protect the front of the paper, then cut the rulers to fit the previously made 1/2”, 1/64” depth grooves and glued the rulers with white glue, it works great but the furniture oil I used to bring the wood grain to life bleed over a little, I guess I can replace the rulers later if needed.

Btw. I did some 8” rulers to print for horizontal, vertical, left and right use, I’d like to share them here but it seems is not possible to attach a .pdf file…

UPDATE: thanks to swirt for hosting the file to print the rulers!, you can download it from here: printable rulers

Thanks for watching!

-- Learning one thing at a time





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swirt

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 06:54 PM

Nice work FreddyS. I’ll PM you about an option for posting your PDF file.

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

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 07:18 PM

Gorgeous gauge : )
I thought that I was the only one that saved old screws , etc.. LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 07:18 PM

Very nice. I have some left-over t-track from a drill press table I just made. Turns out the cut off is exactly the height I’d need to duplicate this. What was your source for the metal that the blade touches for the height reading? I’ll be using the brass knobs from this pack for the screw.

Thanks

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 07:45 PM

swirt: that would be good, thanks!

Dusty56: nooo, you’re not alone hehee

Tablesawed:just added extra info on that, it’s a scrap piece of 2mm aluminum made to fit, you could use brass instead to match those nice knobs ;)

This could be good place to get brass or aluminum for you (a couple of friends had bought stuff from them): onlinemetals

-- Learning one thing at a time

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Kent Shepherd

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 08:01 PM

Very well done. I really like the design

Thanks

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 09:47 PM

What are the dimensions of the gauge and height block? Besides, the height of 4”, I mean. Thanks again.

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mafe

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#7 posted 01-24-2011 09:59 PM

Hi Freddy,
I only have one problem…
It’s way much cooler than mine! laugh.
So nice, so pro.
Thank you for the words.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#8 posted 01-24-2011 10:09 PM

Tablesawed:

The gauge is 4.75” height + 2mm -for the aluminum base- to give space for the block to reach the 4” mark x 2” width x 3/4” thickness.

The height block started at 3/4” length x 2” width x 1” thickness , ended being close to 3/4” x 2” x 3/4” + 1/4” for the alignment tongue.

mafe: hehee, gotta try to beat the master ;), thanks!

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#9 posted 01-24-2011 10:56 PM

looking great
and nothing wrong with beating the master …lol
isn´t it so that the student is going to be a master himself one day :-)

thank´s for sharing

take care
Dennis

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#10 posted 01-24-2011 10:59 PM

the link to onlinemetals don´t work
Dennis

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FreddyS

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#11 posted 01-25-2011 12:09 AM

Dennisgrosen: I’m really far far away from beating The master mafe :D

and sorry, fixed link: www.onlinemetals.com

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#12 posted 01-25-2011 12:58 AM

thank´s what a great store
I don´t know any store in Denmark where you can get it
in 3feet length those I know of only sell in 6 or 12 meter length :-(
and deffently not in package with different size in
little difficult to understand there meassuring system thow :-) but that´s proppbly me …lol

I don´t know about there prize´s if they are good or what
but it wuold deffently be exsteem expencive to ordre and get it thrugh custom :-(

well I do hope I find a place in Denmark or north Germany to by from in the near future

take care
Dennis

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#13 posted 01-25-2011 03:51 AM

dennisgrosen , surely you must have an old Brass hinge that you could cut down to size for the base plate : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 01-25-2011 04:03 AM

That’s the most beautiful height gauge I’ve ever seen—bar none.

-- -- Neil

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FreddyS

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#15 posted 01-25-2011 06:58 AM

Dennis: hint, don’t you live close to mafe? Go treasure hunting at his workshop hehee… Or maybe he knows a local source for brass. Dusty56 idea is not bad though

Neil: nah, the photos make it look better than it is but thanks, I just followed master yoda…er, mafe style :D

-- Learning one thing at a time

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