Made a Panel Gauge
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26 July 2016 at 4:37 am #138810
I had wanted to make a panel gauge for quite some time and finally the time had come. Wedges secure the stem to the stock and the cutter to the stem. The stock and wedge were made from some beech scraps and the stem from oak scraps. I made the cutter from a piece I cut off a card scraper. There’s also a hole in the back end of the stem for a pencil – just turn around the stem and jam a pencil in the hole.
If anyone would like more details about how this was made, I made blog entries about it July 20 and July 22. My blog address is in the signature line below and you can search for “panel gauge”.
Comments and critiques are welcome.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/27 July 2016 at 11:35 am #138852
Good clean work, a nice elegant looking tool.
I’ve picked up a few old panel gauges and don’t get on with any of them, always seems to be too much leverage on the end of that long stem. Which is not to say they don’t work, but using them is tense and prone to error. I suspect it’s partly stems that are too slender and flexible, and partly wear that has left too much slop in the stock mortise. I hope your experience is better than mine!
One bit of advice – all my three panel gauges have been spelched on the stock by the wedge, so you might want to put little bevels between the stock faces and the wedge bearing surface.
Southampton, UK27 July 2016 at 8:02 pm #138862
Denver, Colorado27 July 2016 at 9:07 pm #138864
Thanks guys. @chemical_cake – That’s a great tip, Matt. I think I’ll do that.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/1 August 2016 at 9:24 pm #138988
Matt nice job on the panel gauge, that is something I want to make one day, another very useful tool.
Thanks for sharing !
Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US
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