Rotocator - DIY Style #1: Dial indicator options to set up your planer & jointer

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Blog entry by CaptainKlutz posted 01-30-2019 07:02 AM 1274 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Do you need or want a dial indicator to make the set up of your planer or jointer easier?

Probably have seen the commercial options:
Shopfox W1218A-

Currently $140+ on Grizzly web site
Or maybe the One way #2289 Multi-Gauge –

Currently listed for $93.65 from One way.

The principle behind these tools is simple. Need a flat reference plane, with mounting point that allows dial indicator to be used 90 degrees to the reference plane. It is commonly used to measure the height of something referenced to a table. On a planer, commonly used to measure the height of knives, in/out feed rollers, and chip breaker; relative to the table. On a jointer, use this to measure the height of knives relative to the in/out feed tables.

Quiz time:
Are you so cheap that you have alerts set on Craigslist for free wood?
Yeah, me too….

You can make a homemade (AKA DIY, redneck, or backyard mechanic) rotocator or multi-guage for less money.

In next blog entry, will show you how to build something that can do same job:

Cheers for now.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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