Marking gauge

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Project by siavosh posted 10-13-2013 12:40 AM 3482 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I followed the instructions for the French style marking gauge in an article by Dean Jansa in Popular Woodworking (2006), and the very helpful video by Bob Rozaieski on his blog. The blade was very generously provided by fellow SF lumberjock @shampeon (thanks again!) It’s made out of walnut and white oak, and finished off with a couple light coats of shellac and wax. This is my first marking gauge and first attempt at making a homemade tool. Cutting the mostise walls accurately was definitely the hardest part as I feel the fit of the arms and wedges are far from perfect. I’m looking forward to using it in my next project. Overall a very fun project.

UPDATED I didn’t like the original fence, the mortise was too loose and the fence felt too narrow. I went ahead and made a new one which feels more comfortable in my hand, not mention a tighter fit with the arm.

Below are some pictures of the work in progress.

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#1 posted 10-13-2013 03:46 AM

Nice work, very well made. Myself if I had this on the table I would be tempted to use it in a pinch for a hammer and then be mad as hell at myself afterward…..... (laughing)

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#2 posted 10-13-2013 10:56 AM

Well done…a very nicely made marking gauge.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 01-14-2015 07:57 AM

Very nice, I llike both and the way you made them. Thanks for sharing.

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