"Kebiki" Japanese Marking Gauge now digitized

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Project by Vagabond55 posted 10-09-2011 11:34 AM 12180 views 30 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Kebiki” is the name of Japanese marking gauge has been used for more than 400 years.
There are two types of Kebiki, single blade and dual blade.
I made a single blade type with digital caliper attached so that I can set comfortably.
The caliper is the carbon fiber body so it is easy to cut off the extra and cheap enough to try
this type of venture.
(hardened stainless caliper is very hard to cut.) Following the traditional style of Kebiki, this design is straight forward, nothing tricky.
One Tip for the blade attachment. It is a tradition that the blade is attached with slight angle against the body.
This angle is expected to generate force to pull the body toward the lumber to be marked.
(oh,BTW, Kebiki is used as Pull stroke, not push.)
After months of use, I found this venture was well paid.
Hard maple and purple heart for the body.
The blade is shaped from a worn out jigsaw blade.
Thank you for watching …

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#1 posted 10-09-2011 02:43 PM

Most excellent Vagabond55!

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#2 posted 10-09-2011 03:30 PM

Great idea. well done.

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#3 posted 10-09-2011 05:40 PM

How clever—- Now digital. I love it!!!!!!!
That is like putting a Wankel engine in a Model A for improvement. Totally outta sight!!
I used one of those plastic digital calipers for my Z axis on my mill and have used it for years. Great accuracy!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!..................Jim

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#4 posted 10-09-2011 10:50 PM

Wonderful idea.
Best thoughts,

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

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#5 posted 10-10-2011 03:41 AM

This is a brilliant idea. Watch it show up on the market in a year or two.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 10-10-2011 02:24 PM

Wonderful wonderful. I can imagine that that somewhere in China, someone has, in the last few hours followed your example.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#7 posted 10-14-2011 10:47 PM

That is very clever, and well made. I just had one of those “why didn’t I think of that!” thoughts. I’m actually surprised I havent seen this around sooner.

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#8 posted 02-12-2012 06:00 PM

Love it, , , adding this one to my to do list . . .

-- An aspiring woodworker.

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