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Matt Vredenburg

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576 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: jig question

I found this in my grandfathers tools and I wanted to know what this tools is and how it is used. I figure it’s some type of guide for metal working.

In advance, thanks for our reply!

-- Matt, Arizona

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#1 posted 576 days ago

height gauge, one use is to compare height of one object to another. Stand up a square and put the pointer at 6 inches and you have an easy way to set something else at 6 inches. Hope this helps

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#2 posted 575 days ago

i am thinking the same thing height guage i have eseen this befor

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#3 posted 575 days ago

I used to use a similar tool it is in fact used to scribe line at a specific height compare with the reference ( table/bench)

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#4 posted 575 days ago

It is a Surface Gage, Machinest and Toolmakers tool used to scribe lines and to transcribe lines to any number of pieces when duplicate parts are being made. It is normally used with a surface plate. That is a flat surface to rest the gage on and the work on. Grandfathers tool looks very similar to Starrett Universal Surface Gage # 25 & #257.
Was he a Toolmaker, many of their original patterns would be made of wood ?

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#5 posted 575 days ago

Yes, it’s a surface gauge. I have a newer one. That one is old school, a keeper as one would keep a wooden plane.

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