|Project by RustyL||posted 01-26-2011 09:07 AM||5522 views||14 times favorited||6 comments|
After taking the 30 day dovetail challenge and pulling out my bevel gage, try square, and rule each day, I knew I needed a preset angle and easier layout tools. These gages were made from a half-inch strip of 1/8” hobby plywood and a 3/8” x 3/4” strip of hardwood. The plywood is inset leaving a distance of 1/4” and set along the hardwood at an inch and a half. One side gives me a square and the other an angle for the dovetail.
The gage on the left allows me to mark 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1-1/4, 1-1/2, 90 deg, and 1:6 angle. I brought the dimensions into spec on my sander then put CA (super-glue) on the edges to strengthen the gage for wear.
The first one had a little slop in the dado so I used a screw to hold it square while the glue set. My woodburner did a better job of marking the sizes on the second one.
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