Mallet and marking gauge

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Project by Oni posted 03-15-2019 08:24 PM 720 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is for the Swap. The Mallet and marking gauge bodies are made of laminated Brazillian tiger mahogany with two strips of curly maple. The handles are Cherry. This was my first time making a marking gauge and using a mortiser. I used aluminum for the metal inlay and smoothed the end of the screw where it makes contact with the blade and aluminum. The blade is from a high carbon steel jigsaw. I kept it cool while sharpening as not to anneal it. I learned some valuable lessons on pin alignment here. The wood cracked while hammering in the pins, but the black tinted epoxy should hold everything in place. I also learned to polish the metal after finishing the wood was a bad idea; the metal dust got into the wood fibers. Next time I’ll put some blue tape on the wood when polishing. I used Shellawax cream finish, it was tricky at first and less is more with this type of finish. I need to adjust the bed of my mortiser because the holes were not square. For the mallet, this left the top of the mortise loose. For marking gauge this made the handle off square, but I fixed that with a file. When the handle is screwed down, it is square to the body. These are for you Chris clieb91.

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#1 posted 03-15-2019 08:31 PM

a very nice looking set although you should have left him post it first then you could make your project post either way GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 03-15-2019 08:55 PM

Oni – looks great. Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner on your posting question. Hopefully you will try another swap soon!!

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

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#3 posted 03-15-2019 11:42 PM

Thanks Gr8hunter and EarlS. Definitely will have to join the next swap. Thanks again for hosting it and keeping it organized.

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#4 posted 03-15-2019 11:52 PM

Oni nice work! Look like a nice addition to Chris’s shop.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 03-16-2019 12:18 AM

Good looking tools, Oni.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 03-16-2019 01:52 AM

Oni, very nice set. I like the layered look a lot. Great job and thanks for taking part in the swap!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 03-16-2019 03:08 AM

Very nice, excellent addition to your tool set.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 03-16-2019 06:46 AM

just simply gorgeous!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 03-16-2019 07:01 AM

Looking at those fine tools, make me wanna built with hand tools more.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 03-16-2019 10:51 AM

Fine tools especially hand made ones are so hard to come by. I just know Chris will cherish these for a long time. Keep up the good work.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#11 posted 03-18-2019 12:48 PM

Great work on this pair Oni! Obvious attention to design and detail and great wood choices make for a great package of useful tools :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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