Brass bevel gauge (had to try)

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Project by mafe posted 01-06-2011 02:29 PM 5712 views 6 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Brass bevel gauge
Just thought; ‘can I do that’!

Another self challenge, I saw somewhere on the internet a little pocket size brass bevel gauge, and was completely in love!
So I designed my own, and the rest was like Nike says ‘just do it’!

1. Here we are! And I’m happy about the result.
2. Some brass rod, inspiration, and a mousetrap that can hunt the mouse….
3. Silver solder, I still think this is difficult.
4. Parts ready.
5. Threading.
6. Rounding the end.

This might look difficult, but trust me again on this, it was not as difficult as it looks, brass are just like hard wood to work in, but it did put my patience on the test (since I can only work little at the time)..

This little set will sure be a pleasure to work with!

That’s it!

My brass hammer.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps some little bevel gauges,

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 01-06-2011 02:32 PM

Very nice brass work mate :)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#2 posted 01-06-2011 02:51 PM

Cute little bevel gauge Mads and very useful where a longer one is too long. Your did a great job on this and I’m sure you will be using it alot on your projects and to set up machines with too. I also liked the ‘Mousemobil’

Some years ago I silver soldered some plumbing pipes in our bathroom and it actually came out ok without burning the house down. I still can’t believe I dared to do that, and I haven’t even tried again for fear of failure.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-06-2011 02:53 PM

Mads, Another fine addition to your tool collection. Good work. I always liked to silver solder and braze. Connecting metal in this way always seemed magical to me. Might I suggest that you engrave these tools with your name and date. These are already special tools and one day will be a prize for a woodworker of the future. Perhaps even your daughter. Loved the mouse trap. Keep on posting dear friend.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 01-06-2011 02:58 PM

even beforeI realised it was a pibe and see your name
my first thought was it look like a Mads thing when I open th L J site andjust ind front of me
there was this little picture
so I clicked on it and still cuoldn´t see the pibe at first on the tobaco can ….great camuflage…LOL

niiice job on the gauge …but I´m more curios about your mousetrap on wheel´s
are you installing a little modell engine and R/c control on it too …..LOL

with all theese niiiiceee brass tools
the next thing in wood must bee a maschinist-toolbox you make …. :-)

thank´s for sharing Mads

take care

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#5 posted 01-06-2011 03:03 PM

Another very cool creation Mads, kudos! :)

-- Dale, Oregon

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#6 posted 01-06-2011 03:03 PM

Mads I love your humour Big Smiles I looked at the pictures & I was completely distracted by the little Mousetrap car you made & placed in the background that is so funny. You could paint it black & call it a mouse funeral carriage after all it would be the last thing the mouse would get onto

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#7 posted 01-06-2011 03:15 PM

awesome mouse-trap-car!!! hahahah, really random and made me laugh a lot. :)
and a fantastic bevel gauge mads, it looks to me that you’re a pro at soldering! looks really good, i know you’ll get a lot of use out of it :)

-- -- It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#8 posted 01-06-2011 03:26 PM

nice work there mads
i made one too
2 1/2’ x 3’ (762mm x 914mm)
i use it to pick up the angle of door jambs
(after the house has settled)
when i have to replace doors
or pick up the angle of sloped roof lines

it has sandpaper stuck
back to back in between the arms
and a wing nut to tighten

i like yours more

the pipe for this one
is to big to show in the picture lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 01-06-2011 03:36 PM

Very nice ! So, brass hammer, guage..what’s next..brass pipe with wooden mouthpiece ?

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#10 posted 01-06-2011 03:38 PM

What a neat and handy little jewel you have there Mads. I can see that being a very valuable tool in any shop. makes it even better knowing is was made in the very shop it will be used in…. Good stuff bud….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 01-06-2011 04:10 PM

Is that pipe a Kirsten “companion”? Looks like one I used to smoke while in university.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#12 posted 01-06-2011 05:32 PM

Nice bit of work – Bridge City better look out!

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#13 posted 01-06-2011 05:37 PM

Wow !

Absolutely great work :-)

The mousetrap is great. If I were a cat … I might fear for my job ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 01-06-2011 06:37 PM

Very nice – once again, a great inspiration! Thanks MaFe!

-- Clarence

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#15 posted 01-06-2011 07:33 PM


-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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