Some shop made marking tools

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Project by lumberjoe posted 03-22-2016 01:22 AM 2568 views 10 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve found marking gauges to be akin to clamps. Sometimes I can never have too many. I decided to try and make a wedge lock gauge instead of my usual cam lock gauges. I like these a lot more. Easy to set, even easier to micro-adjust. I also made a larger panel gauge in a similar style

The marking gauges have screws as cutters. I sharpened the ends of the screws to a knife point. The panel gauge has a pin cutter. I prefer a pin with going with the grain

I documented the build process here

I also made a set of double squares and a sliding bevel. I like to use wooden squares. They are fun to make and easy to true up when the time comes. Everything is padauk and cherry finished with BLO and amber shellac.

The last pic is my new hand tool wall layout. For my most used tools, I have a one touch rule. I should be able to grab or put away the tool without touching anything else – be it a door, drawer, or lid.

Here is a quick how-to on the marking gauges if anyone is interested. I built these using only hand tools so it’s an easy and accessible project. Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 03-22-2016 01:56 AM

Nice tools! .... and pretty too.
Gotta love those wedges.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 03-22-2016 02:26 AM

Thanks Paul. You are the one that got me started on the wedges!


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#3 posted 03-22-2016 02:54 AM

Looks like you’ll be ready for most anything!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 03-22-2016 08:20 AM

Very nice toolset. And very-well organized too!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#5 posted 03-22-2016 05:34 PM

You’ve done a nice job on these shop built tools.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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