Wood Cutting Gauge

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Project by Tom posted 10-05-2018 02:44 PM 1970 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a cutting gauge for marking dovetails where a scratch gauge was too rough. I decided to make my own from some black walnut. This required fairly precise work with hand tools to get a clean and straight mortise and arm. Once I had those, I added a dado to the end of the arm and a cutter from a piece of saw blade. I used threaded inserts and screws on the fence and to hold the blade on the end of the arm. I also set in an aluminum wear strip into the fence. I finished it with shellac.

I was pleased with the result. It is easy to set with the flat face of the cutter toward the fence. It leaves a nice crisp cut line that can be planed away or left for that hand made look.

-- Tom

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#1 posted 10-05-2018 03:17 PM

Nice work.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#2 posted 10-05-2018 04:47 PM

With a good looking marking gauge like that you should have joined the Layout and Marking Tool Swap that is ongoing. Nice job.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 10-05-2018 08:35 PM

Do you need a screwdriver to adjust it and set it? Looks nice!

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#4 posted 10-05-2018 09:37 PM

Yes. I use a screwdriver to loosen and tighten the fence. Thumbscrews are nice too, but I usually set the fence only a couple times for a project. The screw head sits low and out of the way. Makes it nice for holding the gauge.

-- Tom

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#5 posted 10-05-2018 11:45 PM

Looks good, Tom!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 10-06-2018 05:05 AM

Nice job. It is always a pleasure to use a tool you made yourself. Enjoy!

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#7 posted 10-10-2018 12:08 AM

Tom, Very nice! Enjoy using it. Also, really good product photography. Beautiful.

-- AJ

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