Mafe Inspired Marking Gauge

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Project by jeepturner posted 04-10-2011 05:59 PM 4599 views 26 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thank you Mads, or MaFe for the inspiration to make my own marking gauge.
This is not a direct copy of his as he blogged out the process very well, You can read it here.
For my marking gauge I used an off cut of wenge that a friend gave me almost twenty years ago. Along with the wenge he also gave me a piece of rose wood, the kind that smells flowery when you cut it. I don’t have enough of it to make the entire gauge with, but it was my first thought.
I went to my local hardware store as well as the bigbox stores, but couldn’t find any square rod of brass, all they carried is the quarter by eighth inch plate. They didn’t have any threaded rod so I picked up the 3/16ths rod and threaded what I needed. They did carry the knurled brass nuts, so I picked up two. the screw clamp for the blade is a re-purposed knurled knob from an old exacto blade holder that has been rolling around in a drawer waiting to be used. I infilled the hollow portion with an ebony dowel I turned to fit.
The blade is an old jointer blade that I am slowly cutting into smaller pieces.
There are a couple of things I don’t like. One is that when I went to pin the screw clamp knob to the screw, I found out that the “Solid” brass nails, were not solid brass. I put one in but left the other side open. Someday I may find a solid bit of brass to fill it with.

Thanks again Mads for the inspiration. This tool works very well, much better than the store bought one I have with the pins in it.

-- Mel,

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

Absolutely gorgeous!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 04-10-2011 06:06 PM

Very nice tool, I love to see all the variations that are so ingenious.

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#3 posted 04-10-2011 06:51 PM

it´s a beautyfull marking gauge you have made none the less
and there is nothing like homemade tools
congrat´s with your new toy :-)

thank´s for sharing

take care

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#4 posted 04-10-2011 06:52 PM

saweeeeeeeeeeet very nice job.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#5 posted 04-10-2011 07:02 PM

It’s awesome !!
Which parts are Wenge ?
It all appears to be reddish on my monitor and I’ve only seen black/brown Wenge until now : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 04-10-2011 07:23 PM

This is a beautiful hand made tool!!! I am sure that you will get lots of use out of it!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#7 posted 04-10-2011 07:43 PM

Hi Mel,
That is a wonderful gauge you have made, and yes it is some beautiful wood.
I’m so happy to be a inspiration so I’m touched you think of me.
Best thoughts,

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

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#8 posted 04-10-2011 08:11 PM

Thats a well done gauge you have made there,and looks like the finish is quite well too.

Is it the part in the middle who is wenge ? like Dusty i cant see it. Have you added oil to it with sienna in ?

I know the Black/brown and white wenge but this reddish i havent seen before

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#9 posted 04-10-2011 08:14 PM

Well, this is embarrassing, as Dusty pointed out it isn’t wenge, and is most likely padauk. So to answer Dusty’s question I guess non of it is wenge. Goes to show how inexperienced I am with exotic woods, and how poor I am with names. I could go back and edit it, but then it may make Dusty’s comment confusing, so I will leave it as is.
Thanks for all the nice comments.

-- Mel,

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#10 posted 04-10-2011 09:05 PM

LOL !!!
I have applied a finish to Padauk before and it made the Padauk appear to be another wood all together and I was quite disappointed with the results.
When you do get some Wenge , you will know it , JT : )
Have a great day !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 04-10-2011 09:33 PM

If I saw your marking gauge advertised I would part with the cash. Its a classy tool great work.

-- measure twice cut once!!!!!!! whoops

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#12 posted 04-10-2011 11:00 PM

Way Cool…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 04-10-2011 11:27 PM

Very nice. Very, very nice.
Thanks for the inspiration.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 04-10-2011 11:41 PM

Now that would be a realy fine tool to use, beautifull done, :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 04-10-2011 11:59 PM

Hey Mel
This is Soooo Cool ,a fantastic tool. Mads make lots of great things.


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