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Project by tdv posted 1220 days ago 2499 views 21 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a simple height gauge I knocked up it cost next to nothing to make & it works fine. It’s made of 3/4” birch ply a couple of hardwood strips glued in place in dadoes on the sliding face & running in matching dadoes on the stand, the centre bolt running in a 1/4” slot & locked in place with a Bristol lever. I had some kreg track measuring tape which I inlaid into the face for a fairly accurate set up. The thing I like about it is the slider is 4” wide so wherever it is, it is covering the centre of the blade making finding the highest point easy & therefore more accurate. Any thoughts or improvements welcome
Best regards
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK





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MShort

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#1 posted 1220 days ago

Looks good. I really like shop made tools and jigs.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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spunwood

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#2 posted 1220 days ago

Neat, gauging saw height has been the topic of a recent forum. I might make one similar to this. Mafe posted one that is much like it.

Brandon

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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BTKS

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#3 posted 1220 days ago

I like this guage. It’s on the to do list and favorites right NOW! I always wonder if I’m at top dead center when cutting grooves. This should rid me of that worry. Thanks for posting.
BTKS
I just realized, I have an old carriage I made very similar to this only narrower. It was for making a rotary cut out tool into a detail router. It will work just fine after adding the measure to the face.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 1220 days ago

Looks good from here. How is your accuracy? Seems no matter how I gauge the height, I end up fine tuning if it is a critical depth.

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

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CL810

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#5 posted 1220 days ago

This is great – going to implement this soon.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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matt garcia

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#6 posted 1219 days ago

Yes it’s a great design!! Brilliant!! And now I’ve learned a new word…...Bristol Lever!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 1219 days ago

ditto on the lever name : )
Nice gauge design !

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Wolffarmer

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#8 posted 1219 days ago

Cool Tool. Only mod I can think of is perhaps a brass strip on the edge of the ply that contacts the blade. Probably not really needed but would look cool and satisfy some people.

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#9 posted 1219 days ago

Well made.

The wide base definitely take the guess work out of the equation.

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Wingstress

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#10 posted 1219 days ago

Nice job! I just realized I need one of these. Thanks for adding to my “To do” list.

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#11 posted 1219 days ago

Good show Trevor

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tdv

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#12 posted 1219 days ago

Thanks very much I hope it comes in useful
Matt & Dusty yea my heads full of useless information like that. lol
TopaMax,As far as accuracy is concerned I think it’s pretty good because of the design I am able to “roll” it over the saw blade crown until it just stops moving it, every time I check it’s spot on
Thanks Jim nice to hear from you my friend
Best to you all
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 1219 days ago

I may have to try that:-) Rolling over the top of the blade is the key!! That is why my measurements to the top tooth don’t get it ;-(

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

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#14 posted 1219 days ago

hey Trevor
niice gauge you had your brain cells to puzzle out for you :-)
the only thing I cuold think of to improve wuold be to add
a metalplate under the moving part so the teeth don´t dig into the wood
and gives a fals reading

thank´s for sharing
Dennis

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tdv

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#15 posted 1219 days ago

Thaks guys I have some 3/4”x 3/8” aluminium strip I’ll see how it works
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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