Panel Gauge

Learn how to work with brass and make an indispensable tool for hand work.

If you rip your stock on a table saw, your uses for a panel gauge are limited. If you make your rip cuts with a band saw or hand saw, however, a panel gauge is an indispensable tool. Its usefulness really shines when you need to mark out multiple wide panels to the same width such as the sides of a carcass or the shelves of a bookcase. You can use a ruler and straightedge to perform this task, but the panel gauge is more efficient and precise. I built a simple panel gauge 10 years ago. But after years of use, my old, poorly designed gauge is starting to get a bit worn and loose, affecting its precision and usability. I considered buying a new one, but there are few commercial options available and each has at least one shortcoming that I wasn’t willing to accept. So I decided to build the one you see here.

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  • 4 pages of step-by-step instructions
  • 13 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded view
  • Retail sources for hardware and supplies

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