marking gauge and knife

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Project by gavinzagreb posted 03-26-2012 07:22 PM 2161 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About to make some windows and after my last project, I realized that sometimes a pencil line is not accurate enough. I’m also hoping that cut marks will help to prevent tear-out in oak. (can only hope)
All made from scraps. Handle of gauge is a part of my shop broom which I re-purposed, and had to just reduce the size a little so whipped up a quick and dirty dowel making jig (last picture).It’s beech.
Body is massaranduba flooring offcuts laminated together for thickness. Blade on both items is old CS blade.

10 points if you guess what I took the knurled thumb screw from ?

The marking knife handle is the leftovers from my smallest cutting board. I drilled holes through the blade and also shallow holes on the inside of the handle so the construction adhesive I used to glue it would get a better grip.
It certainly holds well enough.

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 09:10 PM

Good looking gage. That is finer than a pencil line!!

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

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 09:56 PM

Good job, those should serve you well

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 03-27-2012 12:56 PM

Thanks guys.
So, no guesses as to where i got the thumb screw ?

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 11:17 PM

Love the dowel-making jig. Thumbscrews – old band saw adjustment screw? Would think you might still need those though.

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#5 posted 03-28-2012 01:29 PM

Since you’re the only one guessing, I’ll just say it. Vice grips, that no longer worked.

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#6 posted 03-31-2012 10:34 PM

You are really a talented one. I want to make the marking gauge and the poor man’s track saw. Oh, the knock down trestles too; they look really handy and stowable.
Nice work.

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