Super accurate measuring gauges.

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These measuring blocks are super handy to have, you can use them on a router table, or a table saw. I made a 1/4’’, 1/2’’, 3/4’’, and a 1’’ gauge. You can buy measuring gauges, but I thought you could maybe make your own. I would recommend using a hardwood, I use walnut because it was the strongest wood I had. The nice thing about making them, is you can make them any size you want!

Thanks for reading!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 10-30-2012 09:17 PM

Nice idea AJ! I have made a few of those on occasion. They really come in handy for setting up a fence.
Good job!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 09:18 PM

Looks like they could be very handy,since there made out of wood I wonder what wood movement will do to their accuracy .The store bought ones are made out of brass.

-- Custom furniture

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 10-30-2012 09:20 PM

I have a Brass set that I bought… don’t remember price… 1/16”, 1/8”, 1/4”, 3/8”, & 1/2”.
Very useful especially on router table…

Good for you… making your own…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 10-30-2012 10:39 PM

Great idea, the wood ones also want dull a bit if rubbed against.

-- Joel

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#5 posted 10-30-2012 10:47 PM

AJ, they are good to start with but brass or steel will more stable against humidity changes.

Good thinking to have standards in your shop!!

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

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#6 posted 10-30-2012 11:26 PM

Another alternative to shop made gauge blocks is to by some keyway stock ,it’s usually very accurate and not expensive. you can buy it at a automotive parts house.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 11:33 PM

I have a set brass ones, but I have always wanted a 1,2,3 block, maybe I’ll make one, thanks for the inspiration.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 10-31-2012 12:19 AM

My shop teacher keeps a couple 3/4” melamine pieces by the planer, and they seem to be very accurate.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#9 posted 10-31-2012 12:28 AM

I bought the rockler 6 piece brass set a while back when it was on sale for $15. It’s easily one of the most used tools in my shop.

Pretty soon I’ll be making a few out of plexi for sizes I don’t have in the brass set but use pretty often.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#10 posted 10-31-2012 01:03 AM

Excellent idea, and simple to do, thanks for sharing!

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#11 posted 10-31-2012 01:10 AM

Good job on your set-up blocks, I have a set I made out of ironwood several years ago, I cut them a bit proud and sanded to size. And I still use them.
When doing some things I use the brass set tho.
I did notice a bit of change in the wooden set when I moved to Arizona, something less than .001 inch, but that is close enough for most of the stuff I do.
In Missouri we had 60 to 90% humidity in the summer and here we average 10% ... all year!

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#12 posted 10-31-2012 01:17 AM

For folks who don’t want to make these…

This is what A1Jim is talking about:

Most hardware stores, auto parts stores, and home centers, sell the individual pieces for nickles and dimes.

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#13 posted 10-31-2012 01:46 AM

Neat idea! Well done.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 10-31-2012 01:09 PM

Sorry I couldn’t reply to all of the comments, I spent all day yesterday working on the router table…... AND IT’S DONE! Yeah, I’m not sure if these gauges will stay accurate, but I made a test cut and these are super accurate.

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#15 posted 10-31-2012 08:31 PM

Now that I got my router table done, these are SUPER handy!

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