Mike & Mads cutting gauge (post) DIY

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Mike & Mads cutting gauge (post)
A gift to a wonderful friend.

Here on LJ I have meet many wonderful persons, and some I consider personal friends even I never had the joy of meeting them life. Each person for his or her qualities, and for a consistent dialog.

One of these persons is our friend Mike Stefang, he was one of the first I asked to be a buddy, and our friendship have grown a lot since then, he was always there, always with a delicate word or a funny little line when he saw my post’s or blogs.

As some of you have seen Mike have made the Ancient bucket blog, and I have tried to follow, and make my own blog on this project. During this project our friendship grew for me to become even closer, so I felt I wanted to do something to show my appreciation for his dedication in the bucket project, but even more for his friendship and some wonderful mails he have send me.
So what should I give to Mike? This was not so easy to find out, but one day I came across this post from a fellow LJ that had made a cutting gauge, and here I saw Mike’s comment ‘Very nice. I wish I had one like it!!’, and that was it! I had to make him a cutting gauge. I had to make his wish come through!

So here it is:

1. The gauge used on a round surface.
2. I also made a box for it, and this box will soon be on the gauge blog.
3. Here it is used on a square side, so the flat side is against flat.
4. In process, the Mike & Mads twins.
5. Epoxy time.
6. The cutter before finish is made.

Here a little clip from a letter to him:

‘Dear Mike you have brought me plenty of wonderful smiles, precious moments and even a wooden bucket made by my own hands.
It is a token of our friendship for now, my thank you for the bucket tour and my respect for you as the person and a father you are. Keep doing your best, this is what I respect and like about you’.

So if this made you curious, you can find the blog:

Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 03-12-2011 09:23 PM

And guys:
The pipe is in the blog…

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

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#2 posted 03-12-2011 09:36 PM

i have had the pleasure to hold it in my hand before it got shipped to mike,and its a little masterpiece :)

So well done Mafe,ill bet Mike will be happy for it :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#3 posted 03-12-2011 09:42 PM

nice box you made to it Mads and I like your packing material :-)

take care

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#4 posted 03-12-2011 09:48 PM

Great project (again)! Love it!

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#5 posted 03-12-2011 09:58 PM

As always another beautiful job! Thanks for posting ALL of it.
Aren’t friends wonderful! :)

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#6 posted 03-12-2011 10:00 PM

I recognize lots of brass parts here ;)
Very nice work, as usual :)

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

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#7 posted 03-12-2011 10:19 PM

very nice gauge

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#8 posted 03-12-2011 11:33 PM

It’s beautiful and the packing crate, packaging, labelling are all extraordinary. Made with a lot of passion and love. Anyone would be proud to own (and use) a genuine ‘Mafe’

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#9 posted 03-12-2011 11:49 PM

My brother in the North! This is beautiful. You are becoming a real expert at toolmaking! You are also an expert at sharing.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#10 posted 03-13-2011 02:00 AM

Hey Mads, really nice.
You are about to convince me to make some hand tools myself too.
But I am not even thinking of giving them away !! (I don´t want to private my friends of making their own. LOL)

BTW, nice box too. I will be reading your blog on this.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 03-13-2011 02:06 AM

Mads, my dear friend, you are covering the world with your love and your tools.


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#12 posted 03-13-2011 04:05 AM

Ahhh Mads…..seeing this post made me really happy…just what I needed to make my nice day complete. Beautiful project, and even BETTER story behind it! :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#13 posted 03-13-2011 09:24 AM

And the tool master does it again.

Really nice additions and modifications on your marking gauge mafe, I’m sure Mike will love it

Btw., thanks for the blog, it’s always interesting to learn about someone else’s thinking/building process ;)

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#14 posted 03-13-2011 10:21 AM

Nice move mads!! :-)) Nice work on the gauge too!!

-- 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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#15 posted 03-13-2011 04:27 PM

Outstanding project and purpose Mads. You never cease to amaze me with your kindness and creativity…. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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