Panel Gauge

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Project by bonobo posted 05-14-2013 05:22 PM 4100 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a panel gauge and made this version from maple. It’s about 24” long. The bottom of the beam is chamfered to bear against the angled bottom of the mortise and this eliminates any tendency of the beam to wiggle horizontally. It’s important to leave some kind of gap below the beam. I patterned the cutter and wedge after a moulding plane. The screw bears against a thin piece of scrap brass that in turn presses on a maple bushing, so it doesn’t mar the top of the beam. I used a triangular file to turn the thumbscrew into a self-tapping screw.

The beam ended up a bit slimmer than I had designed it because I didn’t check for wind at the early stages. I couldn’t have handled the curly maple grain without my excellent Veritas LAJ (a plane that I grow fonder of with every project). Finished it up with a couple of coats of shellac and paste wax.

AAAAARG! I just noticed that my sketch shows the rebate on the wrong side of the fence!

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 06:40 PM

Nice handmade tool. My Veritas LAJ is also one of my favorite planes.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 06:41 PM

Very nice panel gauge. I liked your drawings too. Another member ‘Mafe’ makes very similar style drawings for his projects.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 06:53 PM

Excellent panel gauge, I look forward to making a similar one myself.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 10:38 PM

Great work! I’ve been thinking about making the same thing!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 05-15-2013 12:57 AM

Very nice panel gauge. I like the V idea in the bottom of the mortise to prevent horizontal movement, think I’ll borrow this idea for a marking gauge I want to make. Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 05-15-2013 02:47 AM

Freaky brain twins. I can’t show you right now because it is part of the swap, but you and I seem to have the same idea as far as the V and the shoe. I ended up nixing the shoe idea in that form and just used bent brass…but now I kind of wish I went all the way.

I’ll have to post the sketch at some point so you see just how close you and I ended up.

Great work and including the sketch in the post is something I might have to start doing. Of course I would have to get a bit better at drawing first.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#7 posted 05-15-2013 04:43 AM

I was planning to just use brass but I only had really flimsy stuff on hand. A bit of a happy accident, in that reshaping the beam to get rid of the wind made it smaller and threw off my measurements, so I needed something thicker in order for the screw to reach it.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#8 posted 07-31-2013 11:38 PM

Bonobo, I like what I see! Could you post one more pic of the blade end?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#9 posted 09-11-2013 02:56 PM

Very nice, what did you use for the blade? Taking notes for a future project

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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