Simple marking gauge

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Project by rwyoung posted 11-14-2009 08:57 PM 2794 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Simple little marking gauge made from cherry.

The blade was cut from a retired circular saw blade (that was some work hacksawing that free!).

The wedge can be moved by the same hand holding the gauge to make the gross adjustments. Then fine adjustments are made by tapping the ends of the beam on the bench to scoot the fence a hair.

Beam is 8” long with a working length of about 6-1/2”. Fence is about 3” wide.

Final surface prep done with handplanes followed by a light coat of BLO except for the working edges of the wedge.

Works pretty well. :)

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#1 posted 11-14-2009 10:45 PM

Good job. simple as it gets, just a couple wedges ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 11-15-2009 07:30 PM

Very nice …The Cherry is awesome.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 11-15-2009 07:54 PM

The cherry is a cut-off from a larger board (parts for a set of three bookcases, slowly progressing). I saved the cut-off specifically because of the great sap pockets. And when I was ripping out the pieces for the gauge, the beam blank was specifically chosen to have a nice bit of sap for “character”! :) Same goes for the wedge.

Its a little hard to tell in the photos but the parts for the fence came from an area on the board that was transitioning from sapwood to heartwood. In the long run, I should end up with a tool that has two different colors to its parts. I decided it would be more fun to have a tool that has the color differences instead of something that is uniform in color.

That and these sort of projects are great for using up the little cut-off pieces… ;) Hmmm, how about a fence of walnut/cherry/maple???

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#4 posted 11-16-2009 01:56 AM

Beautiful marking tool.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 09-08-2010 07:05 AM

Follow-up after seeing another shop made marking gauge. While the cherry has held up quite well if I was to make another (and I will eventually) I might choose a “harder” hardwood for the fence as I’ve noticed the fence is showing some wear. Or I could use a little sheet brass on the fence side.

Otherwise it has held up very well to being knocked about in the tool tote, dropped more than a few times and used plenty. The cherry has taken on a nice patina and it looks much, much older. Made my very own antique! ;)

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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