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05-13-2007 03:56 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig gauge measuring fitting

This is a quick and easy measuring gauge that I use for trimming and fitting stock to final dimension. It is made of two thin strips of hardwood (in this case cherry) held in position with a spring binder clamp. I basically lightly loosen the clip and slide the strips tight against the space where a piece of trim is being fitted. I then transfer this dimension to the table saw or chop saw. This is often better than using a measuring tape. Sometimes I will add the thickness of a card or folded piece of paper to “spring” the piece for a tight fit or hone in on the dimension with several cuts. I keep this close by on my bench with several different lengths for various sized openings.

Simple pieces make-up this gauge. Two thin strips of wood and a spring binder clip.

Here the gauge is being used to measure the dimensions for a thin plywood insert to hide the pocket screw construction of a cherry display shelf for some good friends in Central Oregon.

Another view of the gauge being used to measure the dimensions for a thin plywood insert to hide the pocket screw construction.

Here you can see one end of the gauge against the one edge of the dimension being measured. The screw and washer are used to attach the cherry top to the shelving system. Oversized hole under the washer allows for seasonal movement of the solid wood top.

Here you can see the final fit of the plywood insert.


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#1 posted 05-13-2007 04:16 AM

Cheap and accurate! Exellent!

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#2 posted 05-13-2007 04:22 AM

Great idea David. Tks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#3 posted 05-13-2007 05:18 AM

Ingenious! So simple, but so effective. It’s much like a story stick, but it can be adjusted to meet all applications. This would help with shelving or drawer diminsions. I’m going to the stationary drawer to get a clip right now!

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#4 posted 05-13-2007 05:20 AM

Cool. Easy to build. Perfect.

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#5 posted 05-13-2007 07:10 AM

What a great idea! Seems that most of the great ideas are simple and cheap. I have a draw full of these clips. Thanks!

-- Nicky

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#6 posted 05-13-2007 12:53 PM

well isn’t this the most brilliant things I’ve ever seen!!!

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#7 posted 05-13-2007 06:11 PM


I use this trick all the time – even with carpentry projects such as fences and decks.


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#8 posted 05-13-2007 06:26 PM

It’s the recreatable aspect of this solution tool that impresses me. Thanks for the tip!

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#9 posted 05-13-2007 06:50 PM

Those clips also work great for chip bags.

-- John

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#10 posted 05-13-2007 09:13 PM

I agree with Mot. The use of “story sticks” is nothing new. This is a more unique solution that adapts to other applications.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#11 posted 05-14-2007 06:32 PM

I used the same technique when I had to measure my house for mini-blinds. It gave me a very accurate measurement for the inside of my windows. I was able to run the sticks up and down the window jams to see if there were any variations. I got a very nice fit doing it that way.


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#12 posted 05-15-2007 05:38 AM

David thanks for a great tip – I’ll put it to use tomorrow.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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