Marking tool ,Center Line

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Project by Robsshop posted 04-11-2014 12:35 PM 10743 views 46 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 2cd attempt at this little fun shopmade “center line marking gauge” started with a rare find down in the shop recently (Some SPARE TIME :) And along with some motivation from a fellow LJer who’s kind actions resulted in a prototype exchange of sorts, which in return prompted this 2cd generation marking tool adventure!
So to begin with and for those who might not know, this is a marking tool that allows You to locate the center of any boards edge without measuring nor calculating to do so. You simply reference the tools posts against the boards opposing faces and slide with light pressure, scribing a perfect Center line, that quick and that simple! I don’t have machining experience nor the equipment to simplify this build,just a basic woodworking DP. So I knew the hardest part of this build was going to be accuracy and achieving it ! Getting the reference posts and centering the scribe to within acceptable tolerances of each other took some effort. but by fabricating the set screw point by eye/hand , I assumed that most likely it would be off set fractionally and this in return would allow me to dial in accuracy by indexing the set screw until dead center was obtained (my theory anyways)! So I am happy to report that with some tweaking I got it to a point of acceptable accuracy and am very pleased with the overall outcome ! To Finish it up I fashioned some spare Bloodwood into a grip and attached with CA glue. All that was left to do was to apply a light coating of oil, sit back and marvel at its simplistic design and function!!

Not one of them tools that you will find yourself using everyday but when called upon, it sure makes the task easier and I am all for that!..........Thanks for taking the time to look and as always,any questions welcomed. Stay safe!


-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#1 posted 04-11-2014 12:52 PM

Verry inovative and pretty nice tool.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-11-2014 01:00 PM

Nice handy tool, Bob, You’ll use it a lot and probably make a larger one some day!!...Jim

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

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#3 posted 04-11-2014 01:32 PM

Like it, great idea!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 04-11-2014 01:59 PM

that is brilliant. This is definitely going on the list of must haves. Thank you very much for sharing.

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#5 posted 04-11-2014 02:20 PM

I like all hand made shop tools,
who cares if you only use them once an a while
Great job
Keep posting these types of things

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#6 posted 04-11-2014 03:07 PM

I have the prototype thanks to Rob’s generosity. I absolutely love it. First time I opened the package, I didn’t have the faintest idea of what I was looking at, but once he explained it to me, I was really impressed. Thanks Rob, I am using this already.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#7 posted 04-11-2014 03:35 PM

I’ve been wanting to build one of these since I’ve discovered them. Could you explain again how the set screw allows you to fine-tune the tool’s calibration? Getting the mark dead center to the posts has been my biggest query regarding its design.

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#8 posted 04-11-2014 03:41 PM

Great center marker. I’ve made several for use on guitar necks and bows. They really are handy and your adjustable model is great!

-- Dennis, WV

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#9 posted 04-11-2014 03:57 PM

Super cool.
You will be spot on now. ;-)
Best thoughts,

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

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#10 posted 04-11-2014 04:37 PM

This is a clever design. I’ll have to build one myself soon. Are those bars just threaded standoffs?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#11 posted 04-11-2014 04:58 PM

neat idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- jroot

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#12 posted 04-11-2014 05:46 PM

its a good tool I have a couple of them

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#13 posted 04-11-2014 06:11 PM

Rob, There is a much easier way to do this and perfect center. Drill center hole first,
place on pin (so piece can be rotated 180°), then drill one end, rotate to other end, drill and Bob’s your Uncle! Really do like your eccentric center pin though.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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Matt (MWA Woodworks)

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#14 posted 04-11-2014 07:28 PM

Did you mention where you got the metal parts of this tool? also, where did you get the plywood in your pictures? It looks so pretty!

-- Follow me on instagram and facebook @mwawoodworks

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#15 posted 04-11-2014 08:31 PM

Nice! ... and whitewulf’s suggestion is a great simplification.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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