Marking Gauge

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-11-2019 06:56 PM 757 views 6 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If I’m going to make any more hand cut dovetails, I need a good marking gauge that puts a very fine line on the wood. I was going to buy one but I found this cutter at Woodcraft for $5 so I decided to design my gauge around it. I like my home made tools to be made of rosewood but I am very allergic to it so I used a respirator and a vacuum for every step in making this piece.

At first it was going to be all brass but I did not have anything that big around so I fabricated the brass interior from 2 pieces and turned the body to fit it. I drilled and tapped the lock screw hole through the wood when it was 2” round and then turned the shape to fit my hand.
It is 1.9”diameter and 6” long and the shaft is 3/8” drill rod . The knurled head lock screw is a 10-32 cap screw with a brass head pressed on it.

It is Brazilian Rosewood and finished with EEE and Shellawax.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 09-11-2019 07:09 PM

amazing tool I bet looks much better than original
Best wishes…Bambi

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#2 posted 09-11-2019 07:10 PM

That is a thing of beauty and I bet it feels perfect in hand.

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#3 posted 09-11-2019 07:15 PM

jim if you didn’t tell us you made this i would have guessed it was from a top high end tool company.just a beautiful always amaze me with your work.

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

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#4 posted 09-11-2019 07:52 PM

Beautiful work Jim :-)

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

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#5 posted 09-11-2019 08:06 PM

You have pre-convention Brazilian Rosewood on hand? Lucky man… This is beautiful work Jim, it’s just perfect.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 09-11-2019 08:08 PM

That’s Gorgeous!

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#7 posted 09-11-2019 08:09 PM

That is beautiful! I need one too LOL Maybe a trade? What do you need? I just made some nice cheese slicers: )

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#8 posted 09-11-2019 08:13 PM

jim if you didn t tell us you made this i would have guessed it was from a top high end tool company.just a beautiful always amaze me with your work.

- pottz


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#9 posted 09-11-2019 08:20 PM

nothing beats a homemade tool GREAT JOB :<))) GRATZ TOP 3

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#10 posted 09-11-2019 08:29 PM

Beautiful and shop made nothing better

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#11 posted 09-11-2019 08:30 PM

Sweet looking gauge Jim. I hate to admit to owning one that cost quite a bit more, and doesn’t have any pizazz at all.

I hope Jerry is correct, and you had a pre ban stash. Otherwise I've been told it's expensive wood. Maybe mine didn’t cost more?

Thanks for posting.

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#12 posted 09-11-2019 09:27 PM

Superb work Jim!
I have begun regularly using marking tools versus my standby 0.5mm pencil. It took a while to get used to it all but now I can appreciate the quality in a well made layout tool. Great combination of your metal and WW skills8 8^)

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#13 posted 09-11-2019 09:43 PM

Man I love this great work and idea

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 09-11-2019 10:27 PM

Thank you for all the nice comments!! I could have bought a brass one for $20 but I learned from old tool making instructor that “you appreciate something more if you make it your self”...and I wanted Rosewood on it!

Hi Jerry, thanks for the word on pre conference rosewood. This was from LJ Doug Scott who got this out of the dumpster at a place he used to work. They pitched it if it had and sapwood on it. I still have a bunch of it but I’m really careful when I use it.

Hi MJR. sorry, I’m stopping at this one. There are some nice brass ones for $20.

Hi Steve. I think I have enough to last my lifetime!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 09-11-2019 10:49 PM

Fine work here! Beautiful tool! Well done!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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