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    Planer gauge for repeatability

    I saw this tip linked in another forum.

    Planer gage While I am not a big fan of dial indicators in woodworking this is nice application I think. A bit overkill but it is simple to build.

    While I would have to try it and see how it actually worked, if I could mount it with a couple of strong magnets and it wouldn't move, this could be sweet!

    I find that I am often having to plan a little more wood and this would be quicker than just trial and error.
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    Neat idea. I printed it out to keep and try.
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    Before I went digital, I had a long-travel dial indicator mounted on my old 4-post planer. It took care of all thicknesses up to 2" for $20 + some time figuring out a mount. (Grizzly G9809) I don't have a pic, but it mounted to the table and had a contact point that fastened to the base. That way, it read higher as the table was lowered. Worked fine until I forgot to remove it to run some stuff on edge that was over 2" -- kill one indicator...
    -JR

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    John, what I had in mind was just being able to repeat a setting. Not so much measure the thickness. I had this happen just recently. I milled the lumber and then had needed one more piece that same thickness. I can do it but I have to sneak up it and it takes time. Just zeroing it out and leaving it till I am done with that project appeals to me. Then put it back in the case till my next bigger job.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
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    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    Iím working on one for my Woodmaster as we speak. Iím using an older 2Ē travel indicator and Iím incorporating a fine adjustment but itís basically the same idea.
    The indicator Iím using is industrial grade with ruby bearings. I wonder how the cheap Chinese (HF) units would stand up to the vibration.
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    Good tip. Thanks Jeff!

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