Panel Gauge in Mahogany and Brass

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Project by Timothy M. Shead posted 07-27-2011 07:20 AM 6455 views 20 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Panel gauge in African mahogany and brass, built entirely with hand-powered tools as part of the Hand Tool School curriculum. See more at

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#1 posted 07-27-2011 07:35 AM

Good Job! Nothing like using or making hand tools. And this gives me an idea… My son loves making circles with my protractor. I bet I could rig up something similar to what you have here, only probably not as nice.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#2 posted 07-27-2011 11:29 AM

this is a wonderful panel gauge. I made one years ago from scrap, and it works, but a panel guage as beautiful as this, would make the job sooo much easier on the eyes! Great job!!

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#3 posted 07-27-2011 04:03 PM

This is stunning! Great work!


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#4 posted 07-27-2011 05:28 PM

That is a great looking tool – Will be very handy..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#5 posted 07-27-2011 05:47 PM

Sweet !!!

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

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#6 posted 07-27-2011 05:54 PM

Gorgeous! I’m wondering why you didn’t add a brass face to the slider. You’re clearly skilled in brasswork and I’m certain you had a reason. Maybe aesthetic? Maybe that feel of wood on wood? It’s glorious.

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

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#7 posted 07-28-2011 06:32 AM

Thanks everyone, for your encouragement. Bertha: the brass on the face is there, it just isn’t obvious. See for some additional images.

Many thanks,

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#8 posted 07-28-2011 07:55 PM


Great project. As a fellow Hand Tool School member it’s cool to see how other members constructed their projects. I just finished up my Roubo build so this is coming up on the agenda. Great work


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#9 posted 07-28-2011 08:03 PM

Ha! Tim, you’re way ahead of me!
Whoa! It’s WAY nicer than I even thought. Fellas, go to that link above.
It’s fantastic!

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

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