Router Fence Gauge

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 1052 days ago 2276 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I made my router station, I had this grand design for a graduated wheel in the back to accurately adjust the fence for fine cuts to hit a dimension. Well that did not work ( too clunky) and I have been just testing each cut with a scrap piece each time to get it to cut accurately. I had this Harbor Freight dial drop indicator on a magnetic base sticking on the side of the cabinet and decided to use it to make accurate fence adjustments. I use if for a reference. I clamp it and set to zero and then bump the fence but now I can see how much it is really moving. I just made it for a dovetail job I finished and it worked sweet!!!

The first version was mounted on a block screwed to scrap piece of oak and then clamped to the table to set it. when I went to use it I saw I forgot about the cutter being there and I wanted to measure right on center so I made it into a bridge to clear the cutter. I was working across the T-slot channel in the table and thought I could use the T channel to hold it if I had a clamp for a great range of adjustment. That is where these 2 clamps came to be. They are aluminum with brass feet. The last shot shows them holding my feather-board. They will come in handy!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 1052 days ago

Jim, I’m not a woodworker as such but this looks like a “thinking man’s” tool to me, in essence looks simple but mighty effective. :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 1052 days ago

A great idea, will save some test cuts for sure!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 1052 days ago

so you milled those clamps yourself?

-- Ben L

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#4 posted 1052 days ago

Great use for your indicator. Makes setting the depth of cut very precise.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 1052 days ago

Knowing you I bet you have a Milling machine don’t you? Your design is fantastic….

Thanks for sharing, Jim

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 1051 days ago

Great jig

-- Norman

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#7 posted 1051 days ago

That’s pretty slick. That will certainly eliminate all of the extra practice cuts.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#8 posted 1051 days ago

I would think those holes could be made with a Forstner bit. Great idea!

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#9 posted 1051 days ago

Measure measure measure
Great tool/jig


-- Kiefer 松

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 1051 days ago

Ben and Chuck. Yes I have a milling machine that is made by the people that make the Smithy- lathe mill combination, but this is a vertical mill by itself. The aluminum cuts real good on your wood band saw,too, to rough out the clamps.

Hal, it does work good with out having to set a scrap piece in each time. You need .020” off, and it does it!
I have a plan to make one for vertical measurement on the table saw and the router but I need to have it off set to get under the fence sometimes if the center of the bit is behind the fence. I was thinking of a $10 digital caliper from harbor Freight for that one….......Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 1051 days ago

Very nice work and a tool that will serve you a long time i believe:)
You could make hardwood strip to ride in the T slot for easier setup, but then again it would not be secured.
anyway. keep up the good work:)

-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<

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#12 posted 1051 days ago

A thinking man’s tool indeed. Great idea Jim. You have me thinking of a new jig. Nothing like a new jig. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 1050 days ago

Really clever!
Best thoughts,

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

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#14 posted 1050 days ago

I like this set up. Measures in mm, fractions, and decimals

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