Shop Made Height Gauge

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Project by corydoras posted 1070 days ago 3865 views 22 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Setting the tool height on my router table was often trial and error.
Running the groove, in several steps, often led to impatience and too deep of a cut and a ruined piece.
A metal rule was never around to find.
Made this height gauge from a pice of plywood and a Digital LCD Car Tyre Tread Depth Gauge Caliper of ebay ($4,99 incl shipping)

Glued a model airplane servo arm (circle) as a touchplate with some 5 min epoxy.

This project is not rocket science, and is well known to woodworkers, but just wanted to show mine, but most of all the usage of this cheap digital read out from ebay.

I am sure some of you brainiacs out there will find more than one better usage of this DRO.
Please post pictures of your projects:)

Best reg

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 1070 days ago

Very cool and very handy! It will also work for your table saw height adjustment!!.............Jim

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

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#2 posted 1070 days ago

Ditto what Jim said! Good job on this!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 1070 days ago

simple,inexpensive,and works like a charm.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#4 posted 1070 days ago

Great idea

-- Norman

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Paul Pomerleau

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#5 posted 1070 days ago


-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#6 posted 1070 days ago

I have a petite friend that would love one of these…

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#7 posted 1070 days ago

Greetings from the socialist capital of America – California.
Why do you think they call it the ’left’ coast?

Just bought one on E-bay. $4.99 including shipping just like you said. Thanks for tthe info.

Moreno Valley’s local has-been
Servant of the Living God.

-- I may not have a lot of good ideas, but some of them are just incredible.

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#8 posted 1070 days ago

That is awesome!!! Very high tech at low cost. Thanks for the post and project idea. I definitely have to make one of these!!

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#10 posted 1059 days ago

I ordered one the day I read your post. Just got it, great little tool. I do have one question; how did you attach the DRO to your top board?

Great tool and thanks for posting it.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#11 posted 1054 days ago

@Hersh; Just attached it with double sided tape

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

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#12 posted 1053 days ago

Thank You for your response. Of course, Double sided tape. I could’ve had a V8; as I slap my forehead.

Thanks again

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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