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Forum topic by groland posted 09-27-2015 03:57 PM 690 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-27-2015 03:57 PM

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I recently took a woodworking class in which drawer making was a feature. To test the squareness of the drawer during glue up, we used a shop made gauge with two pointed wooden members that slid in and out to the correct length, fixed by a little clamp.

Does anyone know what this clamp might be called or where one could be purchased? It was, I’d say maybe 2” x 1 1/2 inches for the frame.

Does anyone sell such a gauge?

Any help appreciated. I attach a sketch I made of it from memory.



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#1 posted 09-27-2015 04:22 PM

Check the latest Lee Valley- Veritas catalog. On page 20 it is listed as ”bar gauge heads”, item#05N31.01 and cost $14.95. You have to supply your own wood.

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#2 posted 09-27-2015 06:23 PM

You might want to google pinch rods…


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 09-27-2015 06:35 PM

I have always called them pinch sticks.

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 09-27-2015 10:02 PM

Make your own. Roy Underhill shows you how (select the Pinch rods and squeezy blocks episode):

I’ve found this to be almost as useful:,43513

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#5 posted 09-28-2015 12:14 AM

That looks like a nice on. I make a simple one with two pointed sticks and a c-clamp.

No matter, using one is a great help in drawer making.

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