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Project by luv2learn posted 03-21-2013 12:34 AM 2829 views 35 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t have a height adjustment gauge to set the height of my table saw blade or router bits. I got the idea for this one from John W. Nixon of Eagle Lake Woodworking I was looking at his Super Crosscut Sled build as a candidate for my next project.

I know that it isn’t a fancy digital gauge but for now it gets me close and is good enough, better than the tape measure I was using :). I chose the gantry style so that I could bridge the inserts on my table saw and router table. I imbedded rare earth magnets in the bottom of the legs.

Thanks for looking!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#1 posted 03-21-2013 12:38 AM

Good idea…height gagues always are very useful.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#2 posted 03-21-2013 12:57 AM

I will make one of these as this is cool and use full looking Thanks.

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#3 posted 03-21-2013 01:17 AM

i like that i need one myself

-- Bryant north carolina

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#4 posted 03-21-2013 01:22 AM

Oh that will do pig…..that will do!!! Nice idea L2L, I been using my adjustable tri-sqaure but looks quite a bit better suited for the task. No need to hold it while adjusting the blade or bit…danged fine idea and build bud. May have to attempt to copy that gem….thanks for posting.

-- 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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#5 posted 03-21-2013 01:33 AM

Fancy….Nah, you only need something that works for you….I think it’s a great idea. Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#6 posted 03-21-2013 01:38 AM

I like the look, nice job.

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#7 posted 03-21-2013 01:56 AM

What a great idea Lee! Simple is always better. I can use one of these myself. I see you show a number of ways it can be used.
I Hope you don’t mind but I’m making a copy of your neat little gauge. I also have a few rare earth magnets hanging around that I can use.

Thanks for sharing this! :)

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

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Woodwrecker

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#8 posted 03-21-2013 12:30 PM

One of those will be handy for my shop as well Lee.
I like the “no batteries” style. Old school.

Thanks

-- All glory comes from daring to begin. ~ Eugene F. Ware

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Roger

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#9 posted 03-21-2013 12:48 PM

Very simple and affordable when making your own jigs, etc.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#10 posted 03-21-2013 01:00 PM

Awesome!

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#11 posted 03-21-2013 02:18 PM

Pretty cool L2L. and the turned knob on top is a nice touch.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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luv2learn

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#12 posted 03-21-2013 03:13 PM

Thank you all for your comments and input. As Tony and some of the others have said it is a simple jig and I do like simple :). What I really like is projects that I can make with materials on hand, i.e., find uses for my scraps.

Mauricio, I wish I could take credit for turning the knob but I can’t it was a drawer pull. I have like 200 of them, I got a deal on eBay. I did sand the grove in it though :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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sixstring

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#13 posted 03-21-2013 04:25 PM

If you ever decide to go digital, just replace that measuring stick with a digital caliper… pretty darn cheap at HF. Now I know what to do with mine to make it easier checking TS blade height. Thanks for the great idea!

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#14 posted 03-21-2013 05:44 PM

Hello Luv2learn

This is exactly what I need

Simple and very effective that’s what I prefer

Thanks for sharing

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

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#15 posted 03-21-2013 08:40 PM

nice :-)
thanks for posting

Dennis

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