The Sketch below shows the basic Bevel Gauge parts. And this Post goes on to cover additional Bevel Gauge basics.
The 3 bevel gauges that I own are pictured below. The Stanley Bevel Gauge on the left is my favorite. The center one is a plain Jane plastic handle Bevel Gauge with a wing nut adjusting knob. The Bevel Gauge on the right is nice looking (and functions reasonably), it has a wood handle with brass ends, and a brass adjusting knob.
The photo below shows the Bevel Gauge (on the left in the photo above) being used to set the blade angle on a Miter Saw.
The photo below shows the type problem you can end up facing with a wing nut type Bevel Gauge. The Bevel gauge handle, because of the wing nut cannot lie flat. Plus on this particular Bevel Gauge, the wing nut when tighten, can end up with the wing nut tip extending pass the end of the Bevel Gauge handle, therefore making it impossible to lay the Bevel Gauge blade flat against the surface your trying to lay it flat against.
The photo below shows the Bevel Gauge with wood handle & brass ends. This Bevel Gauge is shaped such that the brass bar adjusting knob with its small profile, will lay flat, plus no part of the adjusting knob (on this Bevel Gauge) every extends pass the end of the handle of the Bevel gauge.
The sketch below shows the Bevel Gauge being used to obtain the angle (between leg & floor) of a chair leg.
This next sketch (shown below), shows the Bevel Gauge being used to set the angle between the Miter Gauge & the Table Saw blade. This angle setup will be used to cut the required angle, for the chair leg bottom.
The final sketch (shown below) shows the angle setup for the Table Saw miter gauge being used to cut the required angle on the chair leg bottom.
In closing if your in the market for a Bevel Gauge, I would recommend trying to get one, designed like the one on the left in the photo at the start of this post, showing the 3 Bevel Gauges, I own.
Bevel Gauge Related Link:
Shinwa Sliding Bevel, 10″
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