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Posting this early because I will be out of town for a couple weeks. This is the gauge I made for JordanP, padauk and poplar. Iron is made from a hex key. If I were to do anything different, I would cut the round mortise then glue on the padauk with just a small hole for the iron but live and learn. The threaded insert ties the mortise and tenon together (they are also glued). It worked like a dream. Will mark to a depth of about 2.5". Hope you enjoy it Jordan.

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I like this because it's not your traditional marking gauge. You were really thinking outside the box on this one and it probably has the most ergonomic handle of all the gauges around! Nice. And thanks for using the proper tag!
 

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Nice piece. Now you can do working and dreaming together.
 

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Nice gauge, I like the color contrast and the handle.
 

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Great job Rick.
 

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That is one beautiful marking gauge. I like the use of hex key. It must of taken you a while to grind the key down, seeing they are hardened. I do have a question about the Paduck. I know when I am sanding Paduck next to a lighter wood , the red color transfers to the lighter color wood. Will the red color transfer to the wood you are scribing a line to?
-don
 

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Impressive looking marking gauge Rick. Well thought out. Great hand fit ergonomic handle. Nice job.
 

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I cut the hex key with a dremel tool then ground it on a crank grinder, touched up on sandpaper; and yeah, it took a lot longer than I expected. No problems with red transferring when I tested it.
 

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Really nice gauge Rick, I'm sure the recipient likes it as well. Very creative using the hex key. Next swap I wanna be your recipient.
 

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nice idea… cool
 

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beautiful piece… another one of my favorites.


 

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Thanks everyone. The blade turned out very sharp, it takes a light hand or you'll cut fairly deep. The one thing I agonized over was bevel in or out and I couldn't find a consensus so I went the easy way and put the bevel facing out/forward. The tricky part which really wasn't so trick in the end, was getting a perfectly perpendicular mortise inside the handle. After a couple no-go's, I glued the handle from 2 pieces, each with a shallow dado which gave my drill bit a path to follow.
 

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That's freakin' sweet! I'm glad I mailed mine off before you posted pics! Mine would have never left the house out of embarrassment lol!
 

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great thinking outside the box, that's what makes these swaps great
 

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Cool design Rick.
 

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Beautiful and unique design, Rick. We'll forgive you for jumping the gun :)
 

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Nice design, Rick, that beam looks very comfy for the hand!
 

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very unique design, it looks like it will work great and cut a nice line.
 
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