Panel Gauge

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Project by woodcox posted 03-13-2017 10:23 PM 5651 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my submission for the winter 2017 tool swap that went to Lj jeffswildwood. I decided on the panel gauge because I needed one and hoped someone did too. I took a lot of good ideas and features from traditional and new designs and made a really nice to use tool. I chose the classic Stanley No. 85 head profile in Ambrosia maple and turned and threaded the beam screw to match. I made the hickory beam to lock in its V shaped mortise to eliminate any racking at length. A simple spear point exacto blade on one end and a threaded hole for a common pencil on the other. I also made a pencil threader to accompany the gauge. I am very happy with how it came together and it works beautifully. I made templates and there will be another for myself soon! I really hope Jeff will find it a joy to use and own. As a bonus, I turned a marking Scrawl in black and white ebony using a kit from Blackburn Tools. I love and reach for mine constantly. I threw in a Goodell-Pratt reproduction No. 93 brass hammer in rosewood I made a run of last year. Thank you for looking. Some build pics.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#1 posted 03-14-2017 03:02 AM

Nice tools. Well done, and should be well appreciated.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 03-14-2017 10:45 AM

Awesome job all around on this one Woodcox. I’m sure Jeff is tickled with all of it! The pencil threading tool is one of the coolest and most original things I saw in the whole swap. Top-notch craftsmanship all the way around!

I’ve made a couple of “scrawls” for myself and one for the swap before this one. I never knew they were called that but I agree, it’s one of my most used tools too.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#3 posted 03-14-2017 12:08 PM

Mitchell, you have no idea how happy I was with this set. Seeing the amount of work that went into these is incredible. Since I received these, they have been used on a regular basis. The “scrawl” has become my go to tool and I can’t figure out how I got by without one. Beautiful work and thanks for the wonderful set!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 03-14-2017 03:17 PM

Very nice!

How did you make the slot for the blade? I presume the knurled bolt passes through an inserted bolt, and then presses against the blade to keep it in place.

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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#5 posted 03-14-2017 03:51 PM

This shop built panel gauge is a beautiful tool and so nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 03-14-2017 04:13 PM

Beautiful work woodcox and appreciated by all, especially jeffswildwood.

Rock on

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#7 posted 03-14-2017 04:32 PM

Lots of wonderful details and craftsmanship here. Very nice.

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#8 posted 03-14-2017 09:03 PM

Thank you for all of the nice comments.

Will, I drilled a row of small holes and knifed the waste in between.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#9 posted 03-14-2017 11:22 PM

How did you make the wooden screw and thread the hole? Looks like a custom thread cutting tool in the one picture? Wooden screws fascinate me, and now that I own a small lathe I’d really like to try to make a few. Just haven’t decided how best to do that yet.

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#10 posted 03-15-2017 04:27 AM

Jeremy, I used an import 1/2” thread box kit. I turned the knob profile on the lathe and then the shank to 1/2” ,box end wrench to fit. The threading box can be partially disassembled after you get it started to cut closer to an obstacle. After honing the iron by hand, easy. A little fettling and they will likely do what you need. I needed the optional bottoming tap for another project and an extra iron just in case. Threading 1/2” dowel stock in hardwoods well so far.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#11 posted 04-12-2017 11:24 PM

Dang woodcox. Nice workmanship. Excellent.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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