Simple Marking Gauge.

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Project by RusticJohn posted 07-17-2014 09:01 AM 4164 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking at a picture of a commercially made marking gauge and thought I can do that. The result is in the photos. The center “ruler” sides through a mortice in the body. A cut has been made in one side so the screw can pull the top and bottom together locking the centre in place. Not particularly original as I am sure many others have made a similar device. About 30 cm long. The wood is Rimu. Its not one of my favorites but beggars can’t be choosers.

I do a lot of quick marking out with a pencil, usually with my fingers as the guide. This is a step up on that. I just set the distance, hold the body against the side of the project, hold the pencil against the end and slide the whole thing along. The total construction time was about 30 minutes and all the materials were recycled from scrap. Total cost was $0.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 07-17-2014 11:20 AM

Handy gauge, John. You appreciate it every time you use it because you made it your self!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 07-17-2014 08:40 PM

Simple is good Well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-18-2014 11:02 AM

Very handy little project John. Can I ask if it was your intent to use it with a pencil why not make a way to hold it in the long handle piece?? Could use the same technique as the stop?? Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#4 posted 07-20-2014 05:59 AM

Ah Ha – I know the answer to this. I made a previous version that did have a pencil mounted in it. Two problems quickly became evident. If I used a thin pencil, for accurate lines, the lead broke frequently. If I used a thick flat carpenters pencil the lead was strong but the line drawn became thicker and thicker. I have since concluded that only a mounted blade will give a precise line. But then I am back to a formal marking out gauge thereby defeating my original intention.

-- RusticJohn

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#5 posted 07-20-2014 11:27 AM

Another lesson learned. Thanks for the reply, John.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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