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Board Thickness Gauge

By Jeff60 | Created February 13th, 2021 | Published February 13th, 2021 | Updated February 18th, 2021

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Board thickness gauge card that I made with Shaper Origin (designed in Affinity Designer). I keep this at my jointer/thickness planer station so I don't have to keep messing with my calipers. Gauge has my most common thicknesses.

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1/4" MDF (the card is 3 1/4" x 2 1/4", so you'll need at least this much)
- Shaper Origin - Engraving Bit - 1/8" Bit
1. Secure MDF to spoil board with double-sided tape (be sure it's secure as it is a cut-out) and use ShaperTape as necessary. Scan workspace, import SVG file, and place it on your work piece. Note: I've decreased my plunge speed to 5 (15 is the default) and pretty much left it there. 15 is too fast, especially for hardwood. 2. Using ENGRAVING BIT, I engraved the text with the following settings: - SPINDLE SPEED: 6 - DEPTH: 0.015" - ON LINE Cut* - OFFSET: 0 *Note: I added a gray stroke to the text in Affinity Designer, which should indicate to Origin that it's an "on line cut". However, when I hover Origin over the text it's defaulted to "inside cut", and I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's something in the export process where Affinity changes text to vectors. Anyway, I had to change each character to "on line cut" in order to be able to engrave the small text. 3. Using 1/8" BIT (I use a downcut spiral... if you don't have one, the included upcut spiral will work but you'll have to clean it up a bit), I cut out the carabiner hole and main shape using the following settings: CARABINER HOLE: - SPINDLE SPEED: 5 - DEPTH: 0.26" - INSIDE Cut - OFFSET: 0 MAIN SHAPE: PASS 1: - SPINDLE SPEED: 5 - DEPTH: 0.125" - OUTSIDE Cut - OFFSET: 0.05 PASS 2: - SPINDLE SPEED: 5 - DEPTH: 0.2" - OUTSIDE Cut - OFFSET: 0.02 PASS 3: - SPINDLE SPEED: 5 - DEPTH: 0.26" - OUTSIDE Cut - OFFSET: 0