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Monday, July 25, 2016

New Gauge Out The Door

Thanks, Ralph for another opportunity...

This time, we're copying the actual slope of one of Ralph's wooden gauges, instead of using something standard like 1:7. No problem. I estimate the pitch of this gauge to be a little closer to 1:4. This is a more dramatic angle.

The process starts with making the milling gauge that will be used in the final step. I used a protractor to copy the angle from the wooden gauge and transfer it onto an aluminum block. The layout lines can be matched up to a parallel in the milling machine and you're off to the races.
A good match.

The basics of the gauge are complete at this stage. Once the overall outside dimensions are cut, it's just a matter of cutting some shoulders before entering the most important stage...

This is what the gauge looks like clamped up with the angle gauge that I made earlier. From here, it's just a matter of milling it flat.

The brass gauge along side its wooden brother.

Here is a size comparison against what I'm calling my "standard" gauge. Ralph prefers a slightly larger gauge. This is the same overall dimensions as the first one I made.


  1. I didn't realize that the slope was that small. Nice post. I liked seeing this come to life.

    1. Ralph-
      Yeah, the slope is dramatically different.