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Project by Bricofleur posted 03-27-2011 11:32 PM 4690 views 32 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To get better accuracy when adjusting the height of my tablesaw blade and router bits (hand-held or router table mounted), here is the height gauge I designed and made to be used with my digital caliper.

Two 3/4’’ MDF scraps, one 1/4’’ carriage bolt, appropriate washer and wing nut, and finally two 2’’ wood screws. The base is 4’’ square and the upright is 3-1/2’’ wide and 5’’ long. To receive the caliper, the 1/8’’ groove is made at the tablesaw using a standard 1/8’’ thick blade. The corner of the upright has been cut so the gauge can be placed over the tool to be adjusted. After drilling the 1/4’’ hole for the bolt, I made I relief cut with a hacksaw to be able to clamp/tighten the caliper in its groove.

In use, place the tip of the caliper on the tablesaw or the router table top or base plate, and zero out the digital caliper. Finally, raise the tip of the caliper to the desired height and adjust the blade or the router bit at this level.

More details and photos on my blog.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com





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spamfilterman

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 11:47 PM

very nice. I really need to get a caliper

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Woodwrecker

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 11:52 PM

Another very useful contribution to our collective pool of tools.
Thank you Serge.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 03-27-2011 11:54 PM

Brilliant!!! Now I have an excellent excuse to go out and get another tool. Thank you Sir Serge.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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kiefer

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#4 posted 03-27-2011 11:58 PM

FUNNY I JUST CAME BACK AND PICKED UP A BATTERY FOR MY CALIPER AND THIS IS JUST THE THING I
NEED
THANKS FOR THIS AND I MAY HAVE TO MAKE ONE TONIGHT
GREAT JOB SERGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BY THE WAY WHAT DOES BRICO STAND FOR?
I MADE A INDEX PLATE FROM A SAW BLADE STAMPED WITH BRICO

THANKS

KIEFER*

-- Kiefer 松

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Bricofleur

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#5 posted 03-28-2011 12:17 AM

Thank you all guys.

@kiefer: To answer your question, BRICO is part of the word BRICOLEUR, which means woodworker or DIY, and FLEUR stands for FLOWER. I’m an avid woodworker and gardener.

Thanks and good luck making yours. There’s always room for one more, as they say!

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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ChuckM

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#6 posted 03-28-2011 01:38 AM

Serge: Wanna see the poor cousin version of your deluxe height gauge?

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/46587

Chuck

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#7 posted 03-28-2011 08:44 AM

clever made :-)
thank´s for sharing

Dennis

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Roger

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#8 posted 03-28-2011 01:05 PM

pretty simple, I’m sure, very accurate.
very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Diggerjacks

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#9 posted 03-28-2011 06:31 PM

Hello Serge

Another beautiful tool

Another job for me with your permission of course !!!!!

Thanks for sharing

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

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Bricofleur

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#10 posted 03-28-2011 07:00 PM

Hi Jack. No need for permission. It’s a must !

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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mafe

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#11 posted 03-28-2011 10:03 PM

Clever to use what you allready have.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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