Here's a simple but very handy device
to hang off your keyring or to have hanging in the workshop. The Lee
Valley Lumber Thickness Gauge is a keyring style quick measure gauge that
allows you to quickly measure material thickness.
When you go to the lumber supply
store, just pull out your thickness gauge to check a boards thickness in
the absence of markings or sizing stickers, or the check whether plywood
or sheet goods are either undersized or oversized.
In the workshop you can use the gauge
to determine if pieces you are running through the thicknesser are
properly sized. You can check stock boards quickly and easily, and in some
cases, even set up particular tool fences or jigs to cut material to a
specific width. In terms of accuracy, the gauge seems pretty good. I
checked it with my digital thickness gauge and the notches are pretty much
right on the money.
The gauge is made with stainless steel
in Canada for a tough and extremely durable finish and is roughly 3 1/4"
in length. You can quickly measure material from 3/8" up to 2" in
thickness. Increments are in 1/8" up to 1" and then 1/4" up to the 2"
mark. This spectrum pretty much covers most standard thickness material
you will find in supply yards, stores, or required for various projects.
This is a handy little device to take
lumber shopping with you or to quickly measure offcuts in your scrap bin.
The gauge retails for US$8.95 so throw one into the shopping cart next time
you make a purchase at Lee Valley. It is a handy little tool you will use
Now, how about a metric version also
Lee Valley? Hint, hint!