Marking gauges

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Project by madts posted 02-27-2014 08:01 PM 2746 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pic #1 is the marking gauge that I have had for a number of years. It is an old Stanley. Very hard to get accurate, because of the knob tightening right on the slider.
This is what I came up with, with the help of several LJs. The one with the cherry dowel for the slider I really like because of the offset tightening knob. Very easy to get precise. The other one is pretty standard. 4 piece slider is to me much easier to make as my router set-up is dismal. I have used threaded inserts throughout.
My big problem right now is blades for the tools. A hacksaw blade and a washer do not cut it. Next I will try planer blades, when they get changed out.
Knobs are Walnut as is the body. Sliders are both Cherry.
I love the combination of Walnut and brass.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#1 posted 02-28-2014 01:51 AM

Nicely done and for the blades try a tile cutter wheel and a knife blade for the other .
That offset clamping mechanism makes a lot of sense .
Enjoy your new tools .

-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 02-28-2014 03:51 AM

Nice gauge. +1 for Kiefer, the tile cutter wheel should work great.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 03-09-2014 08:51 PM

Super cool gauges.
Really fine work.
These will serve you well.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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