Size Turnings with a Gate Jig
In “Shaker Side Table” in FWW #239, Christian Becksvoort used a “gate jig” to size elements on the pedestal. Is it better than using a parting tool and a pair of calipers?
Clark Shellotte, Augusta, GA
The gate jig, or “sizing tool,” is made by Robert Sorby and works the same as using calipers and a parting tool. But it is more efficient because it combines the two into one tool, eliminating the need to pick up and put down calipers. It lets you turn and measure at the same time, making it the most efficient tool for tasks that need consistent sizing, like making long cylinders.
To use it, rough out your turning and leave it slightly larger than the diameter that you want. Then attach the jig to a 3/8-in.-wide parting tool and set it to the final diameter you’d like, measuring between the tip of the…