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Versatile Center Gauge

I wanted to add accent dowel "dots" down tine center of some slightly curved, tapered table legs. Sounds simple, but I nearly pulled my hair out trying to accurately find the center of these legs using a ruler! 1 was about to tick off the center of the leg every 1/4 in. to get the curve I wanted.

Forget it! I came up with a clever, self-centering gauge that works on any board, straight, tapered or curved.

I drilled a snug-fitting hole for a pencil in the middle of a 1/2 in. by 1/4-in. stick. Then I drilled two smaller holes for lOd nails an equal distance from the pencil hole. 1 spaced these holes so the distance between them was a little larger than the widest section of the leg.

I placed the gauge over the tapered leg and rotated it until the nails contacted the sides. 1 drew the center line of the board while keeping the nails against the side. Try it, it really works!

Sieve McHugh

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