Japanese Kebiki Dai (Marking Gauge)

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Project by Lemongrasspicker posted 04-11-2017 03:18 AM 2870 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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This was a project I had been really wanting to try, this is the first one I’ve made and it’s not perfect, but it’s nothing that a little fiddling won’t fix.

I had really wanted a marking/cutting gauge just for general use and for my joinery work (which still needs alot of work) and I didn’t want a western/european style one, being as I love all things Japanese I really had to have a japanese style one.

I had seen were Mafe-san had made one some time ago, and I really enjoyed reading about him make his so I endeavored to do the same. Thanks for the inspiration Mafe!

The blade (x-acto blade) is held in with a little wedge, and if I want to make deeper cuts I have made a couple of different sized ones that hold the blade deeper/shallower. if I want to make a deep cut I just remove the blade, and re-insert it with the different sized wedge, and off you go.

Pretty fun project and it only took a short while, I love projects like this where you get to start and finish it in the morning, and then be using it to make something else in the evening.

Thanks for reading/watching! Hopefully this tool will last a while.



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#1 posted 04-11-2017 03:24 AM

Nice gauge, it looked big and heavy until a saw the Exacto blade. LOL

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#2 posted 04-11-2017 11:25 AM

Good job … wouldn’t change a thing!

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#3 posted 04-11-2017 01:41 PM

very nice!

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#4 posted 04-12-2017 01:12 AM

I like it a lot. Especially the captive wedge.


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