Reveal, Measuring and Depth Gauges

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Project by Bricofleur posted 371 days ago 1912 views 24 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made different sized rabbets on all edges of three 3/4” MDF square blocks to position the screws on my projects for a more appealing and symmetric final product. They are also great for trim installation.

You can clearly see the different width rabbets for an excellent measuring from the edge.

Standing on edge they are also perfect to set the height of saw blades as well as router bits.

Thanks for looking and commenting. Any suggestion for improvement?

Find more photos and all details on this page of my blog.



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#1 posted 371 days ago


-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#2 posted 371 days ago

as usual serge


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 371 days ago

Very smart idea….well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#4 posted 371 days ago

Great Idea. Need to add that to my tool box.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#5 posted 371 days ago

You come up with things that make tasks in the shop much easier my friend.
Every one of your jigs & fixtures that I have made has come in handy at some point.
Thank you for sharing your great ideas.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#6 posted 371 days ago

Very smart, very simple. Good one Serge

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 371 days ago

I made some very similar but for specifically setting the reveal for window and door casing, on mine I did the same size on adjacent corners, that way you can put the gauge in the corner and mark both ways, since reveals were mostly always the same I didn’t need a lot of different sizes, also to mark what size reveal it was I just drilled a shallow hole with about a 1/8 diameter bit, one hole representing 1/16”, the hole will not wear off and is easy to quickly see what your using, I used a dark wood ( cumaroo ) and put a little drywall joint compound in the hole to make it more visible

a very sure way to gauge something

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#8 posted 371 days ago

I like it!! good job!

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#9 posted 370 days ago


Thanks for sharing!

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#10 posted 370 days ago

I like it! Thanks for sharing!

What if you put a hole in the center of each block and attached them with a piece of rope; then you would have a “key-ring” of gauges which you could just grab and go.

Again, thank you for sharing!!!

-- Steve (North Louisiana, near Ruston)

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#11 posted 370 days ago

Always simple but perfect and very useful idea.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 370 days ago

Thank you all, guys. It’s cheap tool and great to have. I still another type in mind that I should came back with to share. Be patient!

@Steve187: The rope was my second option, but I rather keep them in my workbench well since I use them quite often. Thanks for you input.



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#13 posted 347 days ago

Simple clever smart.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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