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Poor Man's Depth Gauge

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Project by redryder posted 02-13-2013 03:51 PM 3131 views 29 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1. Piece of scrap Oak or any hardwood about 4” high x 1 5/8” wide x 3/4” thick
2. Piece of scrap Walnut and Padauk or what ever you like 4 1/2” long x 3/4” wide x 1/8” thick
3. Glue the thin measuring piece to one end of the hardwood slide
4. Rip down the middle on the table saw (my saw kerf was exactly the right width for the square
5. Mark and measure a cutout on the hardwood to fit around the base of the square
6. Sand edges smooth ( a coat or two of spray Shellac makes them look good)
7. Go to the hardware store and pick out your favorite looking knob and a threaded insert 1/4” long x 5/16” dia.
8. Drill 5/16” hole in hardwood for insert. A couple of love taps puts it in with no glue needed
9. Screw in knob to insert and attach to square
10. Knob = $1.75 ea Insert = $ .33 ea

These work especially well for measuring those dado cuts…...........................

-- mike...............





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PurpLev

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#1 posted 02-13-2013 03:55 PM

nice!

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BusterB

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#2 posted 02-13-2013 04:03 PM

What a great idea…..sweet project sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 02-13-2013 04:06 PM

Clever

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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rmac

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#4 posted 02-13-2013 05:20 PM

Pretty cool!

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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Mark

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#5 posted 02-13-2013 05:36 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention. Very cool.

-- Mark

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Sergio

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#6 posted 02-13-2013 06:01 PM

“Clever man’s depth gauge” ... tks for sharing. One of these will soon be in my toolchest…

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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Diggerjacks

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#7 posted 02-13-2013 06:12 PM

Hello redryder

Simple but very effective

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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stefang

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#8 posted 02-13-2013 06:25 PM

Creative solution.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 02-13-2013 06:40 PM

Very COOL, Simple, & Creative…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#10 posted 02-13-2013 07:51 PM

I like this tool very nice. I have got to have one now. Thank

-- Gary Panama City Fl In God I Trust

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#11 posted 02-13-2013 11:23 PM

nice idea…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#12 posted 02-13-2013 11:26 PM

Now that is pretty slick!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 02-14-2013 02:16 AM

I will have one tomorrow. Great idea

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

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#14 posted 02-14-2013 03:19 AM

Excellent tool

-- Norman

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KOVA

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#15 posted 02-14-2013 03:30 AM

GENIO MIKE!!!!!
YA ME PONGO A CONSTRUIR UNA :-)
GRACIAS POR MOSTRARLA A TODOS ;-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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