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CharlesA

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09-25-2014 09:38 PM

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Anybody seen this new digital gauge? On a plane, seems like it would be handy to make sure blade is co-planer for the full width of the blade. Not sure how helpful on jointer.

Not very expensive. Thoughts on usefulness?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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gfadvm

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#1 posted 09-26-2014 12:56 AM

Dang, I wonder if I could use that to set the knives on my big planer?

Edit: looks like they are sold out temporarily :(

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 09-26-2014 01:02 AM

I could see it being useful for setting up shoulder planes.

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unbob

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#3 posted 09-26-2014 03:57 AM

Planer knife gage…..
The digital gage above would be useless for a jointer “machine” also. That type of gage being mostly used for a slot or step checking.
The planer knife gage will work on a jointer head-but, its not ideal.
On a planer, every adjustment is based on the cutter head.
On a jointer, the cutting circle diameter of the head is important, but the knives should be fine tuned to the tables.

Upon further examination of the digital gage above, it appears very close to absolutely worthless for any application-thus marketed to woodworkers, along with hundreds of other like products from China.

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rick1955

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#4 posted 09-26-2014 12:18 PM

Less tools are better. Another piece of junk for the unskilled woodworker. unbob has it right.

-- Working smarter with less tools is a true crafts person...

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#5 posted 09-26-2014 03:19 PM

Just another method used to sell a lot of batteries.
I’ll just keep on usin’ my hands and eyes.
Bill

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CharlesA

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#6 posted 09-26-2014 03:27 PM

I can’t figure its usefulness for plane blade depth setting since I wouldn’t know the right plane blade depth by measurement. The co-planar measurement could be helpful, but can’t imagine buying such a thing just for that.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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distrbd

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#7 posted 09-26-2014 04:11 PM

I have thought about buying a better ,more robust version of this tool ,the Oneway Multi gauge. but so far my magnetic base/dial indicator has been doing the same thing.
Although it costs 3 times more but if there’s need for this tool,I would think the multi gauge would be a wiser purchase.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#8 posted 09-26-2014 04:18 PM

One issue with this is that it would take longer to set the iron depth, test on current piece of wood, repeat than it would to just take a couple test shavings. Coplanar is something that this wouldn’t help with on any but the more specialized planes, as most irons have at least some slight cambering to them. I love technology and tools, but this is one that I simply can’t see as contributing more than it takes away.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#9 posted 09-26-2014 04:24 PM

It looks useful for setting jointer knives relative to the tables. I’m not sure it is long enough though.
In a perfect world we would all have helical cutterheads, and not have to mess with finicky blade setups.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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CharlesA

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#10 posted 09-26-2014 04:26 PM

D’oh. Hadn’t thought of cambering.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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unbob

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#11 posted 09-26-2014 04:32 PM

This has been around for more then 100yrs-Starrett #57 surface gage, with a #196 indicator. Can be found on ebay pretty cheap.

First photo- the base has pins that push down, those can ride in the miter slot to true the table to the blade.
This tool does many other test also, and has a fine adjustment.

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#12 posted 10-15-2014 03:47 AM

Just curious if anyone actually bought this and tried it out? I’m not looking forward to spending hours and hours setting up my jointer that I’m refurbishing. I was thinking of cutting a block of wood and attach a dial indicator in a similar fashion to distrbd’s setup. If I need magnets, I can always epoxy a few, recessed, underneath.

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rick1955

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#13 posted 10-15-2014 05:31 AM

You don’t want magnets. You need weight and to be able to slide the base. Also you need a 1/2” button tip. I’ve been setting jointers and planers up

for 30 years in commercial shops.

With this fixture I can set jointer knives planer knives bedrolls feed rolls and more. Notice the short arm. Keeps it perfectly accurate. I can set a 20” four knife jointer head in a leisurely 20 minutes.

-- Working smarter with less tools is a true crafts person...

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DeLayne Peck

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#14 posted 11-23-2014 08:36 AM

Hey, confession, I bought one. I am the only one here that buys stuff for their own estate sale? How do you want to be remembered? I want to leave my brothers saying, “Man, I can’t imagine the sophistication and knowledge. W hoa, the projects that must have of come outta this shop.”

I am interested in it for setting and checking hand planes. Haven’t taken it out to the shop, but my first impression is very good. Came with 3 batteries!

I’ll fritter with it and post a review.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#15 posted 11-23-2014 02:49 PM

Make one.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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