Shop-made panel gauge

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Project by JasonD posted 840 days ago 4594 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My current main project is a tool chest similar to the one students at NBSS make; inspired by Tommy Mac's free video series and an article Steve Brown wrote in FWW last year.

Tommy and Steve used their table saws to dimension their tool chests, but I’m building mine with hand tools only. So, I needed to make a panel gauge to get the final size marked out for the panels I glued up to make the case.

I got the plans for the panel gauge from Charles Hayward’s “How To Make Woodwork Tools” book; hosted as a free PDF file at Toolmera.

The beam is hard maple. The fence and wedge are red alder, with a wear-plate of hard maple glued on to the bottom of the fence.

Right now, I only have a hole drilled to fit a pencil, but I’m thinking about adding a pin (probably a sharpened nail) to the opposite side of the beam.

The pictures are:

#1 – The panel gauge in use.

#2 – The panel gauge taken apart.

#3 – The printed page from Hayward’s book.

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#1 posted 840 days ago

Thanks for sharing this : )

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#2 posted 839 days ago

I like this. Well done. I made a small marking gauge but instead of a nail for a scratch marker, I used a small drill bit with a ground bevel. Turned it a little off center so the bit would help pull the fence up against the fence. Don’t know if that would work on a large beam.

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#3 posted 839 days ago

Nice panel gauge good job.

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#4 posted 833 days ago

nice gauge :-)
and thanks for sharing the link to the book


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#5 posted 288 days ago

Great looking gauge. I sure appreciate the link to the Heywood book. You’ve given me inspiration to try making one on my own when I get around to making my tool chest. This is after the saw benches and workbench, you understand.

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