Using a digital height gage as a planer height gage ??

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Forum topic by 1yeldud1 posted 04-19-2013 05:27 PM 1524 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-19-2013 05:27 PM

Am I the only one who is using a digital height gage as a scale for my planer? I just take a cut on a board and the measure it with my calipers. I then take my digital height gage and bring it down against my planer body and “zero” the digital scale. I crank down the planer body the amount needed while using the digital scale on the height gage and then “plane away” – simple and I didnt have to buy a bolt on gage for my planer – I also use this digital height gage to set the blade depth on my table saw and router bits as they are needed.

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#1 posted 04-19-2013 07:45 PM

Good post about that!
Many woodworkers simply have no exposure to machinist tools.
Another very old tool is the surface gage, this with a dial indicator can do many things for setting up woodworking machines, better then gizmos in woodworking catalogs.

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#2 posted 04-20-2013 05:39 AM

The guy over at has done several good videos on using dial indicators in woodworking.

Well worth watching.

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#3 posted 04-20-2013 07:26 AM

Wixey makes digital height gauges that work on lunchbox planers (or any planer that handles stock to 6”) and one with a remote readout that is good to 12”, I think. I had to get the latter for my JJP12-HH combo machine because it handles up to 8”, and you have to drop the table below 6” to switch between modes. With the digital gauge, it’s quick and easy to recover a planer setting after having switched over to jointing. I can get settings to a resolution of .005” within a few seconds. Reads in both fractions and decimals, and even metric for those who need that.

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