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  1. Panel gauge (wheel cutter)

    Panel gauge with brass bar and wheel cutter. Here a panel gauge I made to match my other gauges, and my deep gauge in same design, ohhh yes and to enjoy making it. It has a Veritas wheel cutter wheel in one end and a whole for a pin or a pencil in the other, it's fitted with a brass bar, but...
  2. Layout Multi-tool for Surprise Toolswap

    This tool was my contribution to the Surprise Toolswap we're just wrapping up. We had a great time in the swap and hope to see even more LJs in future ones! LJ Ripthorn is who I was assigned to ship my tool to. I hope he gets good use out of it! This tool was a result of just "winging it" on...
  3. Panel Gauge

    This was my submission for the winter 2017 tool swap that went to Lj jeffswildwood. I decided on the panel gauge because I needed one and hoped someone did too. I took a lot of good ideas and features from traditional and new designs and made a really nice to use tool. I chose the classic...
  4. Marking Gauge for 489tad Gaugeswap 2013

    This is the marking gauge I made for 489tad, It is made from Tzalam and Granadillo (Red Cocobolo) with a 1/4" Brass inlaid in to the rail. Seeing all the gauges made for the swap is really Awe inspiring.. Great work guys, it has truly been a humbling, fun and educational experience!. 2013...
  5. Panel gauge

    Based on the guide at https://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/wood-and-brass-panel-gauge I enjoyed working with brass to make this project. I believe the body is beech (it was from the scrap bin of the furniture makers' up the road :-p). Beam is 24" of Tasmanian blackwood. Blade is...
  6. An “Over the Rainbow” Panel Gauge

    For Dorothy, the key to getting back to Kansas was tapping her red-slippered heels three times. For me, the key to keeping my small workshop clutter free is to make myself "wish" for a tool three times before buying it. That has the added benefit of reserving precious tool dollars for items that...
  7. Panel Gauge

    I needed a panel gauge and made this version from maple. It's about 24" long. The bottom of the beam is chamfered to bear against the angled bottom of the mortise and this eliminates any tendency of the beam to wiggle horizontally. It's important to leave some kind of gap below the beam. I...
  8. Quick and simple panel gauge

    Quick and simple panel gauge. This one can mark out up to 22". The pencil is held in an undersize hole with a kerf to allow a little spring. I'm going to dig around for some scrap drill rod to grind a scribing point too. The beam is a length of 3/4" poplar dowel. This lets me rotate the...
  9. Chest with retirement shadow box

    This project was for an individual that I worked with who was retiring from the Navy. He wanted a shadow box but did not want something he would have to hang on his wall or display full time. The compromise was a chest with two sliding tills; one for the shadow box and one for odds and ends...
  10. DIY Panel Gauge

    I've been in need of a panel gauge for awhile, but I didn't want to spend $85-225 for one by Lie-Nielsen or Hamilton Tools, even though both are excellent and well-made tools. So I bought $45 worth of brass from McMaster-Carr and figured it out on my own. Most of the credit for this design...
  11. Some shop made marking tools

    I've found marking gauges to be akin to clamps. Sometimes I can never have too many. I decided to try and make a wedge lock gauge instead of my usual cam lock gauges. I like these a lot more. Easy to set, even easier to micro-adjust. I also made a larger panel gauge in a similar style The...
  12. Panel Gauge With Brass Inlay

    A panel gauge is like a marking gauge but bigger, and Bigger is always Better. This is a hand tool that can be in any shop. it will allow you to quickly make a mark parallel to an edge much like a marking gauge but much deeper into the board then a marking gauge can ever reach. This one is Made...
  13. 3 in 1 Marking Gauge

    This is my version of the 3 in 1 marking gauge from Shopnotes #130. The lighter wood is a broad leaf maple offcut from an old butcher block that needed to fit through the planer. The knobs and fence are from a Kauri tree from NZ that was in a swamp for 45,000 years, incredible wood and the pics...
  14. Panel gauge of brass, walnut, and maple

    I've been needing a panel gauge. So I made one. I've been holding onto this chunk of walnut for awhile waiting just for the right project. The Brass head secures the hss knife with 2- 8-32 brass screws and CA glue will be used in the wooden threads to harden them. The knife was cut from a...
  15. Hand Tools
    Hello All, I'm going to build a panel gauge similar to this one. But I have a few questions. 1. Would a 24" long beam be long enough for most needs? 2. How long are the beams on your panel gauges? 3. What means do you use to incorporate a pencil? (please add pictures) Regards, Brad from...
  16. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    Hey guys. Looking to buy my first miter saw. Just bought a new house and it has a double wide and double deep garage (pole barn). The back half is going to be my new shop! (pics to come).... I have some projects coming up, and the miter saw I borrowed from my brother-in-law is horribly...
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