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How to use a wheel gauge?

How to use a wheel gauge

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Turning thumb screw of a wheel gauge to set the measurement on the stem

Step 1 – Release fence

A basic wheel gauge works in much the same way as a wooden cutting gauge. Start by turning the thumb screw on the top of the fence anti-clockwise to release it.

moving the fence wheel gauge

Step 2 – Set fence

Next, move the fence along the stem until it is in the position required. Turn the thumb screw clockwise to secure it in place.

Wheel gauge marking wooden surface

Step 3 – Mark wood

Unlike other marking gauges, the wheel gauge does not need to be tilted when marking. Simply pull the tool along the workpiece, holding the stem, to mark the wood.

Micro-adjust wheel gauge

Micro adjust wheel gauge, has a collet and nut to allow for fine adjustment If your wheel gauge has a micro-adjust system that allows you to finely adjust the blade’s position once it is already set on the wood, there are some steps to follow before marking.
Unscrewed collet and nut of a micro-adjust wheel gauge

Step 1 – Release nut and collet

Unscrew the collet and nut by turning the collet clockwise and the nut anti-clockwise.

Turning the collet on a wheel gauge

Step 2 – Position collet

Holding the fence still, position the collet by turning it so that there is around a 3mm (0.1″) gap between the fence and collet.

Turning thumb screw of a wheel gauge to adjust the position of the fence on the stem

Step 3 – Position fence

Loosen the thumb screw, by turning it clockwise, and slide the stem through the collet and fence to the desired position.

Wheel gauge butted up against workpiece edge

Step 4 – Position tool on workpiece

Set the gauge up on the workpiece with the fence butted up against the edge of the wood.

Adjusting the blade position on a wheel gauge by using the micro adjust system, turning the collet

Step 5 – Make fine adjustments

If any slight adjustments need to be made now that the tool is in position, this can now be done up to 5mm (0.19″) either way. Slightly loosen the thumb screw and turn the collet to adjust. One full rotation of the collet moves the blade by 0.8mm (0.03″). Tighten the thumb screw to lock the fence in the new position.

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