$0 Marking Gauge (February 2013)

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Project by JSB posted 02-07-2013 02:27 AM 2258 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Can opener from….somewhere?
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Toilet bolt from junk bin
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This works surprisingly well. I started off just messing around in the shop. Not wanting to cut and glue anything, I chose to mortise the opening instead of gluing 4 blocks. Drilled a hole in the top for a toilet bolt and pulled a t-nut up from inside. I took the circular cutter off of a can opener and screwed it on to another scrap piece of maple. It works great. Check out the video for a better idea of how its made.

-- Jay -

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 02:31 AM

Nice addition to the shop. Should be able to use that the rest of your life! Thanks for posting.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#2 posted 02-07-2013 04:16 AM

Very creative. Good use of salvage.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-07-2013 02:29 PM

inventive…. well done… Think the square arm with cutter could also be a broom handle or dowel? Thinking out loud as I have parts laying around.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 02-07-2013 02:31 PM

Funny you say that. As soon as I cut most of the mortise out with a forstner bit I immediately started looking for a toilet plunger handle. I always have an extra handle laying around but for some reason couldnt find one. It would work. Give it a try and let us know!

-- Jay -

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 02:43 PM

I did make a marking gauge awhile back… comes in handy. If you used a round handle you might have a problem with the T-nut clearance, so substitute a simple wood screw from the top? Or, anchor bolt with wood thread down into the handle, and a wing nut on the bolt end… hmmm,,, to much thinking… need coffee…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 04:01 PM

That’s a great idea for the blade.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 05:15 PM

Great example of the motto in my signature.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#8 posted 02-09-2013 03:27 AM

A really nice use o scraps

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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