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Forum topic by Ray posted 06-06-2015 04:25 AM 767 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2015 04:25 AM

After a few searches for a new panel gauge, all I found was LN which is more than I would like to spend. Can you help with a few options for me?


-- Creating less fire wood every day

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#1 posted 06-06-2015 01:39 PM

You could make one similar to this

The Hamilton is even more expensive, and the LN is expensive. Other than those two not much is out there that is accurate for great lengths.

Maybe others can point you in a direction.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 06-06-2015 01:51 PM

I was going to suggest making one but pjones already beat me to it!

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#3 posted 06-06-2015 02:07 PM

I made this one, my modification of the one in Shopnotes 130… fun build and super useful tool.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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#4 posted 06-06-2015 06:41 PM

It’s unanimous. Make one. It’s one of those tools that can turn out nicely if made in a small shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 06-16-2015 07:06 PM

I was able to pick up this for good price.

I have not been able to find any information on toolmaker J. Eaton.
Anyone have any information?

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#6 posted 06-16-2015 07:11 PM

Check out for Josh’s regular tool sales. He often has vintage ones, in excellent condition for very fair prices.


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#7 posted 06-16-2015 07:17 PM

Depending on size I picked up a WoodPeckers 32 inch T square with 1mm holes spaced every 1/16 of an inch. This is custom machined in the USA from aluminum and is guaranteed accurate to 1/1000 inch per foot. I have slid it along the edge of sheet goods to draw lines parallel to the edge. I suppose you could use a machinist’s scribe instead of a pencil, but it would not allow a marking knife.

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