Poplar, Oak and Pine Marking Gauge

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Project by jjw5858 posted 10-11-2011 11:33 PM 2543 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Driving home one late afternoon….I had this vision all of a sudden of a new wood adventure rolling in my head, I know…...this happens to many of us on here….lol. I thought to myself…..I have some scrap pine…and poplar…and it’s just sitting there….??? How about trying a Marking Gauge?

Now I have never made a Marking Gauge and honestly had no written plan or processed steps besides an old Gauge from My Grandfathers tool collection for study. I have also never glued different woods up…and I have only been sawing wood for a little over one year and six months….so….I figured just wing it….have some fun..and see where we end up.

I cut my Poplar and Pine stocks down then ripped them as well…..then I made my Poplar and Pine sandwich, glued, filed and morticed all by hand.

The nail I entered slowly with my old stanely hand drill and fingers crossed…fudged it a bit to square it up…., then hacksawed and filed the top smoothe.

Then…ahhhh… last…...the fun part (Enter sarcastic tone of type).....lmao…..I got to use my wonderfully….trying..and frustrating 3/4 Wooden Thread Box….from Woodcraft…For those of you who have never delved into this fiasco….think twice before you purchase…lol

This thread box…works…..but buyer please beware….you don’t turn out instant threads on any dowel I have bought…soft or hard woods. I am on my second blade….I have chamfered the top for starting it and I used soap, used oil…..I turned slowly…backed off….then forward, fixed the blade into about 3-4 length positions…you name it…sometimes decent threads…most of the time I want to hail mary it to the farthest oak tree down the hill…lmao.

But at last….I had two sized Oak dowels….one made the threads….finally……...the other for slipping into a side hole on the threads acting as a Tee handle for clamping my gauge. I like the look of a mini bench vise after I came up with it.

I have used a few times….it scribes very nicely, straight and holds well! All cut, morticed, and filed by hand. Wood thread box cussed by my

Once more my continious thanks to all of my lumber buddies and newcomers as well for your inpsiring and motivating comments. I hope all of you have a great week with your projects (they are all terrific!!)....and may you never have to be punished….by the tortures…of the Woodcraft Wooden Thread Box!........lmao

Be well and thanks for looking in!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 10-11-2011 11:46 PM

I need one of these.

I looked at the pictures first and was going to ask how you did the threads. Then, I read your text. Never mind.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 10-12-2011 12:23 AM

That is a nice useful gage!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-12-2011 12:28 AM

we need to have a picture of that torture instrument so we know what to avoid :-)
I know you shuold never try to make threads in pine … just not looks good …
but beech is one of the favored wood here in skandinavia to make treads in
gives a nice clean look

thank´s for sharing ….. always great to use home made tools :-)


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Don W

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#4 posted 10-12-2011 05:17 PM

I made a couple quite a while ago, but used a 1/4-20 bolt just threaded into the oak. I actually like yours better.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 10-12-2011 05:32 PM

very cool gauge. I really like the wooden screw on this one.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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