master sawdust maker
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Brush Creek tn (1 hour east of Nashville
I have made a couple quick down an dirty gauges out of a hard board. take your pattern. and make an exact copy of it. then lay both patterns on your bench in the fully closed positions or smallest measurement. you should have one piece laying on top of the other, now where the 2 pieces overlap in the center. take a small ruler and draw some guide marks from corner to corner. and form an x. drill a small pilot hole in the top one with the "x". then match up the second one to the first one. then drill the second using the first one as a guide. then bolt the 2 together.
Im sure you can use other materials other then hard board. but the process should work.
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