Slicing Gauge

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Project by Joe Brumley posted 03-28-2008 01:51 AM 7307 views 48 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the slicing guage by Steve Latta from an article in Fine Woodworking. I can’t remember which issue but if I find it I will update this post with that information. If it looks like the negative got flipped over in printing, it did not. I am “wrong”-handed and therefore I built mine in reverse. I had some scrap cherry laying around from the toolbox project so I thought I would try my hand at building a tool. The trickiest part about this is getting the brass flush with the wood while keeping everything square. Since this was my first one there were some after-thoughts and I saw a need for some kind of insert along the length of the bar to keep the thumbscrew from digging into the wood. I placed a brass inlay in the bar after the fact so the bar is a little loose after having to sand the brass flush. I have been meaning to build another one but my list is getting longer but I’m not getting any more time. Thanks for looking.

-- Joe, Indiana,

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#1 posted 03-28-2008 02:12 AM

Very nice looking tool! I gain more satisfaction out of making things with things that I made.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-28-2008 02:17 AM

Hi Joe,

This is a very nice marking gauge. It is a far cry better than my xacto knife. Now if I could only cut dovetails like that.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-28-2008 02:35 AM

This is beautiful! Really nice job. I have never seen that version of a marking gauge before. I would like to try making one of those.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 03-28-2008 02:40 AM

this is not a tool—-its a work of art…very nice…I am putting it in my favorites since I am also of the “wrong handed” column…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 03-28-2008 03:05 AM

Great job from another leftie.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 03-28-2008 03:10 AM

I think I remember it from the last edition. Pretty good job. That brass is great.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 03-28-2008 04:00 AM

thats cool. i read that issue to i and it thought it was cool. the lie Nielson’s that Steve Latta uses cost a lot but this one looks just as good as the ones from Lie Nielson.

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Earle Wright

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#8 posted 03-28-2008 07:07 AM

Not only are you a fine toolmaker, but you also have a talent for photographic composition!

And yes, along with Grumpy, I’m another leftie (we’re quietly infiltrating).

Now, if we could only get Veritas to make a left handed version of their new small plow plane!

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#9 posted 03-28-2008 01:30 PM

Awesome job, I remember the issue but decided not to tackle this project.

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Joe Brumley

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#10 posted 03-28-2008 02:32 PM

Thanks for the comments. You are so right about the Veritas plow plane, Earle. While building the toolbox I used an old Stanley plow plane and it was a little tricky because I had to lean over it. Most awkward. I finally succumbed and used it the right handed way.

-- Joe, Indiana,

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#11 posted 03-28-2008 02:42 PM

Very nice, Joe. I may have to tackle one of these, since now I know how it’s suppose to look. I tell people that not only is my furniture “handmade” but it’s also “Left-handmade”. Great job.

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#12 posted 03-28-2008 03:35 PM

Looks realy nice, do you have the number of the Fine Woodworking magazine you got this from?

-- Stuart, North Dakota

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#13 posted 03-28-2008 04:11 PM

This is really nice. I was just looking at an article on building a more “conventional” design, but I like yours much better. Good work.

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Joe Brumley

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#14 posted 03-29-2008 03:54 PM

The issue this is in is Fine Woodworking #185. I also found it on the FWW website. It is a Q&A article called A Shopmade Slicing Gauge .
I think you have to have a subscription to the website to view it but give it a try anyway. Thanks again guys for the comments.

-- Joe, Indiana,

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#15 posted 03-29-2008 06:11 PM

Great work on this! Beautiful and functional…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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