Quick and simple panel gauge

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Project by rwyoung posted 04-24-2010 11:42 PM 3876 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quick and simple panel gauge. This one can mark out up to 22”. The pencil is held in an undersize hole with a kerf to allow a little spring. I’m going to dig around for some scrap drill rod to grind a scribing point too. The beam is a length of 3/4” poplar dowel. This lets me rotate the beam in the fence to angle the pencil without rotating the fence. This will be an even more handy feature when I add the scribing point.

The fence is scrap cherry with a small leather pad glued into the top half of the fence hole for friction. The cap head screws thread into inserts in the lower portion of the fence. The holes for the inserts are quite deep so that the cap head screws can pass through and have clearance. I have some little snap-on heads for the screws that turn them into knobs but I can’t seem to find them. Hidden safe and sound no doubt.

A panel gauge is typically used to mark out for rip cuts on a wide work piece. But there is nothing that says it can’t be used to mark for length too.

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#1 posted 04-25-2010 11:58 AM

Those tools like marking gauges are taken for granted. I love marking my work all the time. It really gives you an idea what that piece is supposed to look like. Too many times a marking gauge saves a $50.00 piece of wood as Iseen I was making a mistake before it actually occured.

Simple, effective, yet essential.

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#2 posted 04-25-2010 05:58 PM

Cool tool.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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