Thanks Stuart for the introduction to the Saw Gauge … it was very helpful for me to see it in action and I appreciate the time you took to put the clip together. Great value for what I paid for it. The saw gauge will find a place in my shop. By the way I found the content great and absorbed it all. It’s a function of how a person approaches it I find. Cheers and happy wood working.
Just bought the gauge based on your review. Thank you for taking the time to do this. It is very helpful to see the item being used in a real shop, and you showed a couple of ways to use it that I hadn’t thought of.
Stuart, thank you for taking the time and effort to put together the podcast for the saw gauge. Like others, you clued me into ways to use the gauge I had not previously thought of before. We are amateurs at some time in our endeavors and I daresay that few of us could have put together a better presentation. Thanks and God Bless.
You mentioed in the beginning that the tool has accurate positioning and repeatability. I wonder if this is true since the dial indicator is allowed to tilt freely. Also, I did not see you demonstrate any procedure that required this “repeatability”. Your fence positioning demonstration certainly doesn’t require it. One can just re-zero the indicator before moving the fence. My first take on this tool is that the “sawtooth” positioning design is crude and cumbersome. It’s plain to see from your demo that these huge increments are pertty darn inconvenient. It’s not at all like the Incra Jig, which has very small (1/32″) increments.
Taking measurements with a dial indicator tilted is likely to give you a lot of bad readings. To measure the flange runout (yes, it’s called the “arbor flange”, not the “arbor stop”) with better accuracy, you can tilt the arbor to match the tilt in the dial indicator. I suppose if the jig had a better horizontal positioning mechanism, then you wouldn’t have to tilt the indicator when measuring arbor runout.
I noticed something pretty awful when you were demonstrating the fence alignment. The back of the jig ran over the area where the throat plate goes. At the time you had the throat plate removed so you literally had to hold up the jig as it passed over this area. Even if the throat plate were installed, it would likely disturb the readings on the dial indicator (unless it were leveled very carefully – something that this jug can’t help you do). You would think that the makers wouldn’t have made such a glaring design flaw. Basically, the jig can’t help you determine if your fence is straight, and forces you to assume it is for alignment.
I would like to know how this jig compares to a home made dial indicator jig. What advantage does it give me over attaching a dial indicator to a wooden base that slides in the miter slot? My home made jig can do everything the Woodpecker jig does. It is infinitely adjustable (not huge clunky steps). It uses the same cheap Chinese dial indicator. I can add parts to make it more useful (like a bracket to hold the indicator vertically for height gauge measurements). And, it costs a heck of a lot less. If I really wanted to spend money on a dial indicator jig, I could do a lot better for the money.
My favorite web site for table saw alignment information is tablesawalignment.com. You should check it out.