View Full Version : Shaper/Planer Gage ... Howdaya'useit

07-31-2004, 06:11 PM
I've wondered for a long time just how and what'fur this is used. Appears to offer one function somewhat like an adjustable paraller, but I'm guessing it's used in various ways.
Would anybody care to provide some education here? ..or point me to a good reference book.

Ooops. Intended to post this link to one for reference:

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07-31-2004, 09:36 PM
We use them to mill 'wrench flats' on rods. Mill on side, rotate it 180º and use it to make sure it's parallel.

Dave Opincarne
08-01-2004, 12:12 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by crews1:
We use them to mill 'wrench flats' on rods. Mill on side, rotate it 180º and use it to make sure it's parallel. </font>



Dave Opincarne
08-01-2004, 12:21 AM
I'll tell ya in 20 hrs and 3 min. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

Actualy I have one but wouldn't mind a second one. They are very useful for setups in the wood shop. Yes, basicly a fancy adjustable parallel. With a set of mics it makes a nice substitute for grade b gauge blocks. A very nice accesory for a sine bar as well.

See here: http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//Forum1/HTML/002225.html

Adding a scribe turns one into a layout tool. Also makes a good transfer guage.


08-01-2004, 04:59 AM
One of the uses I put my matching pair to, is as adjustable work supports either side of the milling vice to ensure the job is parallel to the table surface.

08-01-2004, 12:10 PM
It's used for setting the cutting tool on planers/shapers, so you don't go crashing into your part.

08-01-2004, 12:33 PM
Yeah, I figured that. I'm just having a hard time seeing where/how it could offer any great advantages over just positioning the cutting tool over the part itself, and then just zeroing the clapper toolslide on it.
I'm sure it must, obviously there was a demand, otherwise Starrett wouldn't have made them. This is one of those cases where it'd be great to watch an experienced hand in action.

08-01-2004, 12:33 PM
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