Marking Gauge #1: have finally started

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Blog entry by harum posted 07-23-2014 07:59 PM 1608 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had been saving a nice Honduran rosewood cut-off for a while before the last weekend. I wanted to make a marking gauge and thought rosewood was a good wood for it: dense and oily. A few gauges seen at LJ and in several ww magazines were an inspiration. The planned dimensions: fence—2-7/8” × 4-1/2” × 7/8”, beam—3/4” × 1” × 9-1/2”.

Cut the beam and fence parts; got a 1/8” × 1” brass bar for wear strips from a recycled construction materials yard.

I still have to come up with a good way to fasten cutters to the beam using a knurled screw. Thinking of using a brass cylindrical shoe with slightly rounded edges at the head, so that it can be easily pushed back inside the beam when changing cutters.

Also, not sure when to finish the wood: before final assembly or after? Can the wood and brass be sanded and polished together after assembly?

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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