SHOP-BUILT HEIGHT GAGE
An accurate and effective set-up tool.
SHOP OWNER: Gregory St. Laurent
LOCATION: Chicopee, MA
I designed and built this simple but effective height gage to help in setting up my woodworking machinery. It uses the accuracy of a common 6-inch stainless steel pocket ruler. The ruler slides in a shallow groove routed in the rosewood body, which I capped with a piece of 1/4" Plexiglas. I scribed a line in the Plexiglas, filled it with red paint, and wiped it clean to reveal a fine red line, making it easier to read the measurement.
A nylon thumbscrew, threaded in from the back, tightens the ruler against the Plexiglas and locks the ruler in place. Finally, I screwed a thin brass plate onto the bottom for a finished look and to provide a nice flat base for the gage. Flipping the ruler from front to back allows for 1/8 to 1/16th readings or 1/32 to 1/64th on the backside. The top of the gage also can double as a depth gage by removing the ruler and flipping it end to end.. . . Gregory St. Laurent
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