converting between wire gauge and diameter/thickness

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Blog entry by StLouisWoodworker posted 06-30-2015 09:07 PM 1219 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came across an article written by furniture maker Jane Swanson when reading about inlaying silver wire as a decorative feature in a wood project. Following her method requires using an end-mill router bit to excavate a channel having a width that is equal, or nearly equal, to the diameter of the wire to be inlaid. This requires some conversions between the way end-mill bits are specified (by the diameter of the cutting portion of the bit) and the way wires sizes are specified (by their gauge). Swanson provides a shortened table listing some wire gauges and their corresponding diameters in inches. I have posted an article on my website that discusses this issue and develops an app that runs under Windows, Mac, Linux and Android to provide the conversion—you specify the gauge, and it computes the diameter in inches and millimeters, or vice-versa – you specify the diameter, and it computes the wire gauge. If you’re interested, you can access the article here: Wire Guage

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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