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Homemade Dial Indicating Tooth Set Gauge

An easy to make set gauge. Cost about $10



Homemade Dial Set Gauge

I made a simple dial indicating tooth set gauge using a scrap of iron and a dial indicating gauge. It took about an hour and cost less then $10. I picked the dial gauge up on eBay and found the steel for the body in my scrap iron pile.

The hit and miss, go no go spiders have worked for a hundred years but there are some advantages to the dial gauge. Only takes one tool for setting compared to a hand full of spiders. The spiders don't work on very long teeth and on some tips of small saws. There are store bought dial gauges available for about $70 but some have reported that the distance from the feet to the indicator is too short. I think the distance is about 7/8".

Rather then feet like the spiders and the commercial dial gauges have I made the bottom flat. I think the flat base may be an advantage because it eliminates any effect due little bumps, dips, holes, gullets or pits and does not hurt if the back end extends over the edge of the saw.
Gauge in Use
Gauge in Use
Details
Details
Any of there scrap pieces could be used for the body
Any of there scrap pieces could be used for the body
Scrap to a Usefull Tool
Scrap to a Usefull Tool
Out with the old
Out with the old
Spiders don't work on very long teeth
Spiders don't work on very long teeth
Spiders don't work on some small saws
Spiders don't work on some small saws
Works on small saws
Works on small saws
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Front
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Bottom
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#2 Made out of Angle Iron section
#2 Made out of Angle Iron section
#2 Made out of Angle Iron section
#2 Made out of Angle Iron section
#2 Made out of Angle Iron section
#2 Made out of Angle Iron section
#2 Made out of Angle Iron section
#2 Made out of Angle Iron section
Another version for shorter teeth
Another version for shorter teeth