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Blog series by harum updated 08-10-2014 01:20 AM 4 parts 7081 reads 1 comment total

Part 1: have finally started

07-23-2014 07:59 PM by harum | 0 comments »

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 construc...

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Part 2: wear strips

07-24-2014 08:14 PM by harum | 0 comments »

Cut and sanded the strips to the right width, and cleaned the exposed sides with grit 320 sand paper. Have to find a piece of 5/16” brass rod or a couple of bolts for the shoes and come up with a way to cut a thin slit through the beam to hold cutter blades. This slit will be at the bottom of a hole at one of the ends of the beam.

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Part 3: some progress

08-01-2014 05:19 PM by harum | 0 comments »

Haven’t had much time lately for my marking gauge: our neighbor pulled out of her garage on her SUV without … opening the garage door. Fixing the door has taken more than I thought it would. Epoxied brass wear strip, the fence and put in the threaded insert. Instead of the suggested 3/8” hole for the insert I had to make it a bit wider than 7/16”—the rosewood’s really hard. Found a brass bolt to be sacrificed for two shoes. The knurled scr...

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Part 4: cut the fence to shape

08-10-2014 01:20 AM by harum | 1 comment »

The fence is cut to shape and sanded with grit 60. Further sanding will bring the brass screws flush with the brass plate. Next, will cut the brass shoes and cut slit in the rod. The Honduran rosewood is really tough as far as sanding goes, even with low grits.

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