Height Gage for Router and Table Saw

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-14-2012 11:30 PM 3924 views 22 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little tool I have been thinking about for quite a while and finally stopped to make it. It uses an analog drop indicator from Harbor Freight. I kind of screwed up when I cut off the back of the gage so I could get it close to the router table fence. That back loop on the indicator is hollow and all those aluminum chips went inside the indicator. What mess I had. I washed out the indicator with solvent and then the solvent filled up the gage window so I had to drill a tiny hole in the bezel to let the solvent out.

The body of the bridge is walnut and the feet are white Corian. The bushing was turned off center to get the gage as far back as I could and to give a thicker wall in the front for threads for the 2 screws I used.

It is finished with clear matte finish- about 6 coats to get a little sheen. I already had to use it on a project yesterday.

The last pictures shows the depth gage with its cousin the fence locator gage. They both come in handy on the router so I don’t need test pieces any more to move the cutter or the fence.

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

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#1 posted 04-15-2012 12:09 AM

That’s cool Jim! I may have to attempt making on.

Is that a metal ZCI on your BT3100?

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 12:24 AM

Hi Dallas. No the insert is made of lexan. I made two- one close to the width of the blade and a wider one for a tilt to 45 degrees….........Jim

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

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#3 posted 04-15-2012 12:26 AM

Very nice Jim. I picked up a dial indicator on the cheap several months ago and now I know exactly what to do with it.


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#4 posted 04-15-2012 12:48 AM

Thanks! I may have to make some of those too. I’ve been making mine out of osage orange and sycamore, but sooner or later they wear out.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 04-15-2012 01:04 AM

One of the best I’ve seen Jim.

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#6 posted 04-15-2012 02:11 AM

Well done!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 04-15-2012 06:55 AM

Sounds like you had one of those days

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#8 posted 04-15-2012 12:08 PM

You’ve got a great looking and very functional tool. At least the Harbor Freight tools are cheap enough to replace if you mess one up.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#9 posted 04-15-2012 12:59 PM

Your shop-jigs look better than many of my furnishings. Very nice finish, handsome wood.

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#10 posted 04-15-2012 03:05 PM

Your height gauge has convinced me that I need a dial indicator for the wood shop.

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#11 posted 04-15-2012 07:37 PM

Really nice project, not just useful, but looks good too.

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#12 posted 04-15-2012 08:54 PM

That has such a clean look to it.
Very nice.

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#13 posted 04-15-2012 09:14 PM

great idea.

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#14 posted 04-16-2012 12:37 AM


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#15 posted 04-16-2012 06:53 AM

Super cool Jim.
Great idea and really well made.
Way to go.
Best thoughts,

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

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