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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-01-2020 02:34 AM 657 views 2 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These four making gauges were made from brass ones that I purchased. I turned down the brass to my original dimensions and then turned the wood cover from exotic woods to dress them up. I was told by a friend that African black wood is ” chiippy”...that it is brittle and chips break off. I did not find that to be the case with it but I thought I would look up the Janka hardness numbers on all of these for comparison.
The first one is Osage Orange from Ohio USA ( Janka 2620) Next is Cocobola from Mexico (Janka2960). Next is Jarrah from W Australia (Janka1400) and last is African Blackwood from S Africa ( Janka 3760).
For comparison Aspen is Janka 380.

They are finished with EEE and Shellawax

Cheers, Jim

Here is what I turn them down to:

Here is a nice video from Rob Cosman showing the use of a marking gauge:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CItXYtquaYc

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





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#1 posted 07-01-2020 02:39 AM

Beautiful!

I’ve use African Black Wood for knife scales. Finishes so nice.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-01-2020 02:56 AM

Beautiful – In the first picture, the first marker looks like Osage orange and the second one looks like Canary

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 07-01-2020 03:01 AM

Those are dandies Jim.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 07-01-2020 05:07 AM

Real beauties!! Very fine tool!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 07-01-2020 05:10 AM

I sure like the looks of them Jim, the woods are awesome. I’m saving my little pieces, I just don’t know what for yet.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 07-01-2020 05:43 AM

Nice job, job, job and job, JJ. Was wondering how you got those measurements etched… Steady hand I assume, however, the underlying questions is… ”Before or after the vino/fire-water?”

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 07-01-2020 07:12 AM

Don’t you get a little bored with being so doggone good at everything?

-- Mark

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#8 posted 07-01-2020 12:01 PM

Very nice Jim! Hard to pick a favorite they all look so good!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 07-01-2020 12:20 PM

Nice job Jim, like your selection of woods.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 07-01-2020 12:55 PM

I like the design of the wooden handle, keeps you fingers from sliding. I may have to change mine.
Nice work Jim.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 07-01-2020 02:42 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I made a correction in the types of wood. I was sent 2 pieces of wood and I thought they were both canary wood, but the first one I pulled was Osage Orange, so I corrected the wording. The Canary wood will but used for the next ones! I also added a video from Rob Cosman on using the marking gauge.

Hi Dick. thanks for finding that error! The Canary is coming!

Hi Alex. I bought commercial brass gauges and modified them. They came with the graduations .

Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 07-02-2020 01:02 AM

Well made. If I didn’t buy and expensive commercial one I would love to own one of yours.
The African Black is a tough one at Janka hardness of 3760lbs.
My favorite is the second from lett. The grain is the best.
Your like a one man factory! (:-)

-- James E McIntyre

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#13 posted 07-02-2020 02:23 AM

Thanks, James. I like to keep busy all day. If I’m not working on something I get bored. I don’t watch “commercial” TV so I’m on You tube a lot. I watched Rob Cosman cutting dove tails today …again ..and he makes it look so easy.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 07-02-2020 02:44 AM

Would be proud to own any of them. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#15 posted 07-02-2020 03:08 AM


I watched Rob Cosman cutting dove tails today …again ..and he makes it look so easy.
- Jim Jakosh

‘greed JJ, watching videos is easy… me cutting dovetails manually is the hard part.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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