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The plan for this gauge was in popularwoodworking.com It was one of my rainy day activity projects-and we have a had a lot of those… rainy days that is. It marks lines, cracks nuts and can be a meeting gavel. uh, your multipurpose tool?

I did not put a finish on it. Thought I'd leave it nude. Tough part was hand chiseling the mortises with some attempt at squareness. Quite pleased that the arm did work out to be square with the body. Actually, I was quite pleased that it works nicely as a marking gauge. You can lock-unlock the arm one-handed.

Sharpened a drill bit (5/64ths I think) to a knife point (not conical like a pencil point) and set the blade at a five degree angle away from the body (not parallel to the body). This makes a very clean cut line and pulls the body up against the board being marked.

It is QSWO as that was the scrap wood I had. Overall a fun time waster.

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And to think, I BOUGHT one!

Really Nice. I like the idea of the angled blade.
 

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It's always fun to waste time, although that certainly doesn't look like a waste to me
Good job--Thanks
 

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May you scribe many a line.
Nice job…..thanks for the tip.
 

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Looks like a super marking gauge Dusty.
 

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wanted to mention… the corks… I stab myself playing around… so they offer protection… Corks from a good Merlot seem to work best although my wife argues that. She prefers a pinot grigio.

Also, plan has a bevel cut in bottom back edge of body so the the tool can rest on a flat surface when tipped back. I left the bevel off so as to make a better nut cracker.
 

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Lookin good. I wouldn't want to crack nuts after sippin the Merlot. Might hit the wrong nut. BZ
 

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Looks good. If you handle it enough as you use it, you'll put your own personal finish on it! ;0)
 

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As I said last night @ the Mason Dixon Woodworker's dinner mtg, you are the presenter of the next workshop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ED
 
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