Height-, length gauge (DIY)

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Project by mafe posted 09-02-2010 10:48 PM 88103 views 191 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Height-, length gauge (DIY)
Tablesaw setting, chisel honing guide and more…

A free tape measure from your local hardware store, some scrap wood, a bolt and a insert – is all you need.

Make a base of plywood in a desired lenght, make it wide enough to be able to hold a measure and a track.
Route a spur for the tape measure, and a track for the stop.

The stop are made from a scrap piece of wood, make a little extra block that fits the track to keep it 90 to the base when you slide it up and down, glue these together and make a hole thrugh.

Glue the tape measure in the spur, and be sure to adjust it to zero in the bottom, cut it to fit.

Now you can give it some varnish, and then put it together.

Perhaps my ruler stop also be at intrest…

Good luck with it!

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 10:52 PM

well done , mades

a great tool !

thanks .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 10:56 PM

You should write a book!!

Great Work!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 11:19 PM

Lew, i totally agree!! the ideas that pop out of this mans head are unbelievable!

you’re a creative genius mads, and always an inspiration :)

i still have to make my grease box before i move on to this handy gague though ;)

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#4 posted 09-02-2010 11:35 PM

great little gauge Mads
just an idea, if you make another and change the steal ruler out with
a piece of wood and ad the head of a surgeryknife it will be a fine marking gauge:-)
I have stopped marking your projects as favorits ,instead I have desided if I need
to make a jiig/gizmo or anything ells for the shop I just go to your project side first
I think its easyer when you pop those things out faster than we can follow you…lol
thanks for sharing Mads

take care

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#5 posted 09-03-2010 12:01 AM

I downloaded a set of scales from some woodworking web site (can’t remember which) that print out accurately on my printer, making jigs like this a cheaper proposition.

The only change I might make would be to router a groove in the back to recess the washer and bolt head.

Great job! It’s going in my favorites file along with your others.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#6 posted 09-03-2010 12:25 AM

Great idea, its on my todo list now.

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#7 posted 09-03-2010 12:44 AM

I think it’s great! Gotta build me one.

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#8 posted 09-03-2010 01:11 AM

I love it! I too need to make one! Thank you!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 09-03-2010 05:44 AM

That is pretty slick. Nice idea and execution.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#10 posted 09-03-2010 06:06 AM

That is really neat. I was just thinking about you ruler stop. You could use the ruler stop to set the block on the height gage in case your hardware store does not give away rulers.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 09-03-2010 08:49 AM

Hi there,
I’m so happy my little posts could bring such inspration, this is a true gift.
Patron: thank you my friend.
Lew: Thank you. Yes why not, perhaps a ‘best of the vintage architects crazy LJ ideas’... Free to download from my website.
Flemming: Remember your school also! I laugh, yes and the grease box.
Dennis: Yes this is the problem, thoughts never stop! Thank you for the sweet compliment, it warms now the days are getting colder.
BigTiny: I only have a inkjet printer, so it will not be waterproof… And yes I should be ashamed of myself, not to make this groove on the back… It will be on my to do list. I smile thank you.
cwdance1: guess we are two now…
DYNO360: -and post it, so we can see your version.
Kindlingmaker: wonderful, remember to post it.
docholladay: my head turns read, thank you my friend.
Jim: thank you so much for the PM, life are so beautiful when we remember to look. And yes, it’s a fine idea.
Best thoughts to all of you:

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#12 posted 09-03-2010 05:16 PM

Yet another winner. Well done Mads.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 09-03-2010 09:13 PM

Rhykenologist, architect, woodworker, artist, inventor, teacher, thinker, writer, photographer, philosopher, motivational speaker, LJ and cyberspace friend!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#14 posted 09-03-2010 10:04 PM

Wow! Another great tool that I’ll have to make this weekend. Keep it up Mads and I’ll get nothing done … except filling all the empty spaces on my tool board. But that’s OK, I’ll welcome that anytime!

Thanks loads.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#15 posted 09-03-2010 10:13 PM

Out of curiosity, Mafe, I see the tape measure you are using is from BauHaus (equivalent to Home Depot in The States).... do they also sell the knurled brass screw/bolts that you used on this and the Ruler Stop project you uploaded as well?

I have a hard time finding some types of fasteners here in Skåne, sometimes.

Thanks for your effort and time in sharing this great info.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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