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Shop-Made Set-up Gauge

Set-Up Gauge Locating the depth of drill bit collars, determining the length of dowels, or accurately setting the cutting depth for tools can be challenging. To make this task easier, I built the set-up gauge shown in the photo at right.

The gauge frame is simply a piece of 1″ × 1″ aluminum angle. To this I added a second piece of shorter aluminum angle with a wood stop block attached, like you see illustrated in the drawing below.


End View A threaded insert on the top of the wood block accepts a brass knurled knob that’s used to set the tool. Adding a penny in the bottom fills in the space so the knob can be tightened firmly and accurately. Finally, stick a length of self-adhesive rule to the inside and you’re set to go.

Good Woodworking,

Phil Huber
Online Editor, ShopNotes

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