Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest. Today I’m sharing a video with you from John Heisz. In this video John is showing us his idea for an incredibly simple table saw depth gauge that you can make for yourself in about five minutes.
John’s YouTube channel is full of ingenious ideas and he posts on his blog about most of his projects, too. He builds jigs, tools and other projects. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check it out.
The method that John is showing meets three of my criteria for a good shop hack:
- Quick – I want to spend my shop time building projects
- Cheap – This one would be free to make
- Easy – Assuming you can easily set your fence to accurate measurements
All of that being said, I do have one suggestion that I think would make this table saw depth gauge a little quicker and easier to use. If I were to implement this in my shop (and it’s quite likely that I will), I would have to put some kind of measurement markings on the lines. Sure, it’s easy enough to remember that each line is 1/8 inch apart, count them and do the math. But that’s not particularly quick and may not even be easy.
I think it would be simple enough to just put 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, etc. on each line. Again, just making this really good idea a little quicker and easier.
Do you have a “secret” way that you get your table saw depth set up? Let us know in the comments. There are no secrets in woodworking! It’s one of the things that I love most about the woodworking community.
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