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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 06-12-2019 02:30 AM 1028 views 7 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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One of the first jigs I made since my woodworking revival about a decade ago and I have used it for various measurements and continually finding new uses each day.

10c (Cent) Set-Up Gauge you ask!. Hell, it cost a lot more than that, however, it uses an Aussie 10c piece in the locking mechanism, hence the name (DOH!).

This gauge is one of the permanent items on top of my workbench (actually mini workbench).

The others are a fine tuned scraper, upside down glue bottle (permanently topped up with glue), low angle block plane, sharp pencil, small steel rule and a tape measure… all the rest are eye candy.

I thought I’d write an article on it as it may soon become obsolete with all the new fangle-dangled gizmos inundating the market today and I happen to misplace my hand written instructions on how to use it. For example this Woodpecker “Paolini Pocket Rule”,

that retails for around $35 and my little gem of a jig will only cost you $49.99, plus the 10c piece, without figuring in labour costs… but the redeeming feature is… no tax.

I got the idea out of one of the Australian Woodsmit Magazine published sometime between 2007-2008… I vaguely remember that date as I have the magazine, Issue 55, open on my desk at page 9… just yanking your chain.

I consciously deviated from the published design so I can’t be accused of plagiarism.

I couldn’t even spell SketchUp back then let alone know how to use it (whether it actually existed or on the to be invented list), so it was manufactured using the infallible method of trial and error³ (that’s cubed) in the workshop.

To outrig this vessel, you will require a 300-310mm length of 25×25mm aluminium angle, a ¼” brass insert nut, ¼” bolt with a knurled brass knob, a small metal ruler (must at least have metric divisions), 5 screws, a small block of wood and some superglue.

Now to expand a tad on the above “cut list”. You require 310mm length of angled aluminium (allowing for 3 kerfs of your aluminium cutter). You should buy 1m of angle as you will undoubtedly stuff it up a few times and drill holes that, unless you close your eyes, would be totally unacceptable. I recommend 5 screws… you only need 4, but it is a lay-down-misere (all you 500’s card players will know what I mean) that you will drop one and won’t be able to find it.
Here is a picture of the ”cut list” for those that are hard of hearing and hate reading as much as I do….

that require the following minor alteration,
  1. Stretch the angled aluminium as it was only 290mm long.
  2. Whittle down the large scrap wood to a more palatable size.
  3. Spend the $1 coin on a 90c item to get 10c change.
  4. Use Photoshop to reduce the 300mm ruler to 150mm.
  5. While you only need a few drops of CA, my stock is 10 years old with expired shelf life… so find some that works.
  6. Recharge the battery in my calculator so I can extract exactly 5 screws out of the jar.
  7. Find a metallurgist that can convert the steel knurled knob, bolt and nut into the required brass.

Simple!

As I mentioned, I altered the design a bit so if you want to follow the original design you will only need 2 screws and of course a copy of the Magazine as the details that follows is MY DESIGN with 4 screws. I remember the original design also called for self-adhesive measuring tape. Well to pay $10 for the first 200mm of a 2m tape brought out the Shylock in me and I opted for a 150mm metal rule for $3. Now add to that the $8 it cost to buy the super glue to glue the metal ruler to the aluminium and you find that the $11 it cost didn’t save you as much as you thought you would. However, you can now use mag-switches on the metal ruler… Why?... because you can… and if you used brass screws, the metal rule would be the only component that a magnet will stick to on the jig!!!

You will need to take the measurements of an Australian 10 cent piece

and find an appropriate sized forstner bit to recess it into the wooden block,

Then all you have to do is go and search for a 10 cent piece that fits. Incredibly the first 10 cent piece I tried actually fit…

lucky! Alternatively peruse the FBI’s most wanted list and track down a reliable forger and mint one of your own and ensure that it fits the forstner hole.

A groove of about 1mm deep (and a tad wider than the ruler) will need to be routed into the block to accommodate the smooth movement over the ruler. I recommend this after the scrap is trimmed to size.

Now for the knurled knob. I did have to search a bit for a brass one that both suited and didn’t take the cost over $100

A bolt with a wingnut on the end of a threaded rod will work just as well, but not as pretty,

When procuring the knurled knob, please ensure it fits your threaded insert

otherwise you’ll have to super-glue it in place and the gauge will only be good for one length. I have added this disclaimer as you do not need to stick to ¼” but whatever is handy or readily available. Just strive for total integration.

Recently, a friend visiting my workshop fell in love with the gauge and wanted to make one for himself. I took down the dimensions of my gauge and made up this quick and dirty SketchUp model.

look at him getting all fancy with those colours…

Naturally I haven’t built from the SU model, however, my buddy did and he didn’t complain… as hes no longer speaking to me because of my shoddy drawing…. just kidding.
All you thrillseekers can download SketchUp model by clicking on the blue text.
For all the non-thrillseekers, you can have a gander at the Downloadable dimensions PDF.

Of course this guage is not for everyone and is posted only for those people that want one… for all the rest, you are not obliged to take notes if you bother to read this far.

PS. Please note that a nickel is too small and a quarter is too big for a 10c hole.

PPS. Forgive the use of Phillips (UGH!!!) head screws, mea culpa, mea-culpa, mea maxima culpa! It was in my ignorant naive days b4 I discovered Robertson screws!
Consequently, 10c pieces are for sale for discounted rate of $10 each (plus P&H) or visit your friendly exchange broker.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD





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robscastle

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#1 posted 06-12-2019 02:47 AM

Dear Mr L.B. Duck
This is a courtesy letter informing you the Federal Police have a warrant for your arrest and it will be executed next week 17 -21 Jun unless you hand your self in to the local Police station beforehand.

The Warrant contents are based on the details below
Extract from Crimes (Currency) Act 1981

16. Defacing or destroying current coins or current paper money

A person shall not, without the consent, in writing, of an authorised person, intentionally deface, disfigure, mutilate or destroy any coin or paper money that is lawfully current in Australia.

Penalty:

in the case of a person, not being a body corporate – $5,000 or imprisonment for two years, or both; or
in the case of a person, being a body corporate – $10,000.

17. Selling defaced coins or paper money

A person shall not sell or offer to sell a coin or paper money that is lawfully current in Australia and that has been defaced, disfigured or mutilated, knowing it to have been defaced, disfigured or mutilated.

Penalty:

in the case of a person, not being a body corporate – $5,000 or imprisonment for 2 years, or both; or
in the case of a person, being a body corporate – $10,000.

Note: ‘Paper money’ means money comprising a banknote written, printed or otherwise made on paper or any other material. Paper money shall be taken to be current paper money if it is lawfully current in Australia or in a country other than Australia by virtue of a law in force in Australia or in that country, as the case may be.

All Australian banknotes, present and all past issues, are lawfully current in Australia.

So in preparation for the leaving the pond you should pack your tooth brush and any items you may need whilst being held pending your appearance.

Also please fully understand the FBI have also been informedof the situation in case you may perhaps were thinking of taking flight and as a result all international duck migrating paths have now been monitored.

Signed:-

The Sherrif

-- Regards Rob

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tyvekboy

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#2 posted 06-12-2019 03:16 AM

Investing jig.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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LittleBlackDuck

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#3 posted 06-12-2019 04:38 AM

For any early reader interested in the SketchUp model, I have supplied a link to it back in the body of the post in a disgraceful oversight.

Here it is as well
.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 06-12-2019 04:39 AM

The Sherrif (aka rc), I have marshalled all my resources and was prepared to cop your fuzzy interpretation of the law on the chin and not duck my responsibilities.
However, no coinage was harmed in the process and the federal police now have your wallet for DNA testing to deputise a posse and hunt you down to enforce incarceration for being a false whistle-blower…


Investing jig.
- tyvekboy

The large 90° aluminium collar gives a great platform for acurately marking up pieces while supporting it steady with the left hand (unless you have two right hands). It also manages perfect registration for cylindrical shapes and square(ish) corners.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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SMP

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#5 posted 06-12-2019 05:00 AM

So is the main benefit over a combi square for round objects?

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 06-12-2019 05:28 AM



So is the main benefit over a combi square for round objects?
- SMP

It is the 90° bracket that provides additional support/stability while marking… this translates the best for round objects.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dutchy

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#7 posted 06-12-2019 06:47 AM

Duck, Duck, this looks bad for you, but I’m glad with the contribution and if there is enough time I will make one for my self, and I will not use Australian money.

I did not read the hole story and was glad with all the pictures.

PS I really hope you will not getting in trouble with Australian Woodsmith Magazine for publishing their article

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 06-12-2019 07:05 AM


..... I will not use Australian money…...
- Dutchy

Then it’ll be worth_less…!!!

PS I really hope you will not getting in trouble with Australian Woodsmith Magazine for publishing their article
- Dutchy

Thanks for the warning Dutchy, duly noted and picture removed.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#9 posted 06-12-2019 07:13 AM

Dear Mr L.B. Duck
This is another courtesy letter informing you the Federal Police have withdrawn the warrant for your arrest and the Attoney General has advised no action is to be taken regarding what was a mistaken direction in regard to a possible breach of the Crimes (Currency) Act 1981 section 16 and 17.

You will be pleased to know the cold case DNA evidence you have provided may well lead to the solving of quite a few rural unsolved murders in the NSW and NT regions.
Also we have very dim view of time wasting whistle blowers that mistakenly tell us a coin had a hole drilled in it.

The Prime Ministers secretary is currently drafting up a Sorry Letter, but as you cannot drink Sorries
A compensation package is being prepared as restution a rep from Dan Murphys will visit soon to discuss the package.

Just as an aside we have reviewed your project and believe it has outstanding merit and the Govenor General has indicated it will be forwarded to the HRH UK for consideration in the next series of Prince Phillip design awards.

Signed:-

The Sherrif

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 06-12-2019 07:47 AM



..... a rep from Dan murphys will visit soon…..
- robscastle

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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lew

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#11 posted 06-12-2019 03:19 PM

Cool!

Really like your Sketchup drawings!

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

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pottz

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#12 posted 06-12-2019 03:39 PM



Dear Mr L.B. Duck
This is another courtesy letter informing you the Federal Police have withdrawn the warrant for your arrest and the Attoney General has advised no action is to be taken regarding what was a mistaken direction in regard to a possible breach of the Crimes (Currency) Act 1981 section 16 and 17.

You will be pleased to know the cold case DNA evidence you have provided may well lead to the solving of quite a few rural unsolved murders in the NSW and NT regions.
Also we have very dim view of time wasting whistle blowers that mistakenly tell us a coin had a hole drilled in it.

The Prime Ministers secretary is currently drafting up a Sorry Letter, but as you cannot drink Sorries
A compensation package is being prepared as restution a rep from Dan Murphys will visit soon to discuss the package.

Just as an aside we have reviewed your project and believe it has outstanding merit and the Govenor General has indicated it will be forwarded to the HRH UK for consideration in the next series of Prince Phillip design awards.

Signed:-

The Sherrif

- robscastle


so the duckies not going to the gallows! kind of a let down,i was hoping to see justice done here,but just like in the states the worst criminals often go free. nice little do-dad though duckie.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Dutchy

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#13 posted 06-12-2019 07:18 PM

PS I really hope you will not getting in trouble with Australian Woodsmith Magazine for publishing their article
- Dutchy

Thanks for the warning Dutchy, duly noted and picture removed.

- LittleBlackDuck

You really did it. I was a little joking. If I were you I wouild be more frightened for the castle “gentleman”.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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crowie

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#14 posted 06-12-2019 10:14 PM

Besides a good laugh from the posted comments, this is a useful jig thank you Alex and I’m going to have a go at making one.

PS It’d be easier to use gallows over a noose on a duck, or chock or any other kind of bird.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 06-13-2019 02:36 AM



..... You really did it…..
- Dutchy

I keep telling everyone I’m a goody two shoes, but no one believes me.

.... this is a useful jig thank you Alex and I’m going to have a go at making one.
- crowie
crowie, keep a look out, I have made a SU link, however, not everyone uses SU… As Dutchy and rc promoted me to the Most Wanted Rogue Gallery I deleted the picture with measurements and I will provide a measurement list very soon.
I have found it to be a very versatile guage and much easier to use than a combi square or a ruler with a ruler with a rule-stop.

PS It’d be easier to use gallows over a noose on a duck, or chock or any other kind of bird.
- crowie

Duck should be strung up not hanged… hanging makes them turn redish-purple.. just look at those poor hanging ducks in the windows of Chinese butchers

Ducks can’t digest pork so all you have to do is tie some string around a piece of bacon, feed it to a duck who will immediatellly pass it, then to another and another, and so on. Soon you’ll have a string of ducks… that’s how you keep your ducks in line.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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