Shop Tools For Most Of Us Measuring Depth Is Just A Matter Of Putting A Ruler Into The Mortise And Taking A Reading However There Are Times When Even Our Skinniest Ruler Won T Fit That S Where A Depth Gauge Comes In
Shop tools for most of us measuring depth is just a matter of putting a ruler into the mortise and taking a reading however there are times when even our skinniest ruler won t fit that s where a depth gauge comes in is article about Magazine bookmarked by harold with ID 13535442461 was uploaded on 27-01-2019 and has been viewed 288,901 times.
Make a Depth Gauge Photos by Steven Der-Garabedian; Illustration by Len Churchill INFO: DIFFICULTY - 2/5, LENGTH/TIME - 2/5, COST - 1/5, SPECIAL TECHNIQUES - WORKING WITH BRASS Knowing the depth of mortises or stopped holes is important for joinery.
While there are lots of versions out there, from expensive ones for machinists to cheap bargain-rack types, we are woodworkers and we can make one that not only works well, but looks great.Some hardware requiredAs with most projects that require hardware, it's a good idea to have it on hand before starting.
Your local metal supplier, or craft shop, will have some 1/8" thick flat brass 1" wide.You'll also need to pick up a 1/8" diameter brass rod.The shortest these come are usually 12" and should cost about $5 and $2, respectively.
Lee Valley Tools will have the rest including 1/4-20 insert nuts (00M90.01), a 1/4-20 knurled scr*w (00M91.01) and a 1/4-20 brass bolt (44Z09.03) but these items are also available at other specialty hardware stores across the country.
The process of creating a depth gauge is not difficult, but requires a specific order of operations.Mill a piece of hardwood to 3/4" x 1-1/2" x 12".The extra length is just so the blank can be power-planed...