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Project by Bearpaw posted 01-20-2013 12:27 AM 5453 views 75 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was watching a video from Woodsmith Shop and they had a jig to measure the height of a saw blade or a router bit. It was very simple. A block of wood with a hole and a dowel with a ruler attached to the dowel. It worked. So I decided to make one for myself, but no large diameter dowel in the scrape bin.

This is what I came up with. Used some scrape mahogany and put a slot in each and then glued them together to form the body. I cut a slot for it to fit over the saw blade and a wider slot to fit over a router bit.

I then milled a peg to attach a ruler from a 6” adjustable square. This is the important part. The ruler is made of aluminum. Make sure you do not use one made of steel. I epoxied the ruler to the peg and attached a drawer knob that has a large base. Stock item at a big box store. The drawer pull keeps it flush with the top. Insert the peg and cut the jig off to give a flush fit at the bottom. A couple of coats of spray lacquer and it is ready to go to work.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin





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Hybridwoodwork

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 12:30 AM

That is COOL!

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#2 posted 01-20-2013 12:33 AM

Great Idea!

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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KnotCurser

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#3 posted 01-20-2013 12:49 AM

Now THAT is clever.

I just added a project to me “to do” list.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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TNT82

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 01:35 AM

Great idea.no trying to eyeball a tape measures less room for a mistakes

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Bill_N

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#5 posted 01-20-2013 01:47 AM

I like it
Looks great

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 01-20-2013 02:02 AM

Very cool nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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cnarf

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#7 posted 01-20-2013 02:03 AM

Great idea. Simple and straight forward.

-- cnarf, Ireland

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woodshaver

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#8 posted 01-20-2013 03:12 AM

NEAT-O ! Quick easy and dead on! Good work! Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Underdog

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#9 posted 01-20-2013 04:05 AM

Hmmm… I see a great use for those $9.99 six inch digital calipers at HF.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 01-20-2013 04:25 AM

That is a great idea. Nice work. When did they send that video out?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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tyvekboy

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#11 posted 01-20-2013 05:01 AM

Great execution or a simple idea.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#12 posted 01-20-2013 06:26 AM

Cool! great engineering.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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majuvla

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#13 posted 01-20-2013 06:43 AM

Very good and simple idea.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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EzJack

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#14 posted 01-20-2013 08:09 AM

I tip my hat to you sir.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#15 posted 01-20-2013 09:50 AM

very nice, thanks for sharing

-- ALPHA-ZEE CREATIONS

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