A Shop-Made Lathe GaugeComments (0)
This article is from Issue 50 of Woodcraft Magazine.
I do a lot of
spindle-turning at the lathe, and find myself turning sections and details to
the same common diameters time and again. Rather than constantly resetting my
calipers, I devised a gauge for these diameters, making it from plastic
laminate, which is thin enough to slip into parted areas and in between beads.
Making a gauge like this is easy. Begin with an oversized scrap of plastic laminate for safe handling. Lay out the centers for the desired diameters along a line drawn parallel to one edge. Bore out the holes on the drill press, and then saw through the centerline. Finish up by trimming the gauge to a convenient size.
—Mark Pilsner, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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