Marking Gauge

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Project by Clung posted 12-12-2010 07:40 AM 4116 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever since I saw the article in Popular Woodworking I have wanted one in the “french” style. Lately when I added some new wood cutoffs to my scrap pile I found the motivation to finally make one. The mortises turned out a little sloppy but the wedge still holds everything tight. If it ends up being a problem, I’ll have to make another arm slightly larger to tighten the fit. I used a spring pin for the knife, jatoba head and oak arm, tung oil and clear shellac finish.

-- Clarence

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 08:38 AM

Nice! I just got started on the same thing.

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#2 posted 12-12-2010 10:49 AM

Really nice, and well done.
And yes I can confirm it’s a French version, see them in Paris.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#3 posted 12-12-2010 11:16 AM

Split pin? what is that? Did you harden it? Looks great, hope it works as good as it looks ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 12-12-2010 07:44 PM

TopamaxSurvivor – I should have said spring pin. Same as a roll pin or tension pin. I did nothing to it other than file the cutting edge – I’m hoping it’s hard enough to hold an edge as is. A split pin is a cotter pin that wouldn’t be hard enough for this application.

mafe, I’m liking your metal work – I’m getting some brass to inlay on the face of the head a la flower inlay...

Thanks Ole – post yours when you get it done! Love to see it.

-- Clarence

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#5 posted 12-12-2010 09:28 PM

Hello clarence

You’ve made a cool marking jauge with the “French touch”

Really nice and well done and a good choice of wood
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#6 posted 12-13-2010 04:58 AM

Some day I’ll get around to it. Nice work!

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#7 posted 12-16-2010 10:08 AM

Very nicely done!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#8 posted 04-12-2011 09:32 AM

what did you cut the mortises with?
im going to be making one and i really like how it holds the beam

-- Ben L

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#9 posted 04-13-2011 05:45 AM

Ben thanks for the comment – I drilled out as much of the waste as I could, then used a chisel to square up the mortise. There’s a great video podcast of the process here.

-- Clarence

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