Twist Loc marking gauge

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Project by TheTurtleCarpenter posted 04-07-2018 11:33 PM 2578 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to make one of these for some time. You don’t see them very often and I didn’t have a pattern to go by but I thought I would try my luck. I wanted a block that would fit my hand and found just the right off cut from some cherry.

The trick to this style is that you don’t need a screw or wedge to lock the shaft, but only a twist of the shaft to lock it solid. The pin was cut from a carbide tipped masonry bit that was trashed at the point. I used a flat cut spear point shape for a slicing cut. Enjoy your weekend, Spring has sprung !

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#1 posted 04-08-2018 12:33 AM

So many many things I like about this tool – organic design, unique method of locking, beautiful look. Well done!

-- socrbent Ohio

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#2 posted 04-08-2018 01:17 AM

So many many things I like about this tool – organic design, unique method of locking, beautiful look. Well done!

- socrbent

Very true!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 04-08-2018 11:37 AM

Beautiful wood. Functional tool. Well crafted!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#4 posted 04-08-2018 12:26 PM

This is a nice shop made tool and you did a fine job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 04-08-2018 05:03 PM

Cool tool.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 04-08-2018 05:21 PM

That’s ingenious to say the least and very eye appealing too!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#7 posted 04-08-2018 05:27 PM

Very clever and well executed, Turtle. Nice job.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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#8 posted 04-08-2018 07:05 PM

a cherry of a tool with a twist. And a well made point!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 04-09-2018 12:49 AM

Love it.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#10 posted 04-09-2018 02:07 AM

Beauty and genius in the palm of your hand! Very well done.

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#11 posted 04-09-2018 03:45 AM

Thanks Guys, It’s Organic, cheap ! And naturally ergonomic. 3 good qualities. Here is a few more shots,

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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