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I'm in the process of making a wood and brass Marking Gauge.
I have some nice local black walnut and it looks good against the polished brass.
What are the typical high end gauges finished with? Is the product suitable to finish over the brass too and if not what should be placed over the brass to keep its high polish look? Part of me says to just leave the oils from my hands take care of it but I know myself better and this will be a grungy dirty mess if I don't do something.
Thanks for suggestions/experiences

Tom
 

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Lacquer is used on horns.

Brass certainly tarnishes with oxidation and
handling. You can get a buffing wheel and
a bar of rouge for polishing metal. Such
a wheel is useful and I keep one on my
shop grinder most of the time. Mostly
I use it for touching up hand tool edges.
It's quite handy for carving tools. Once
you get the knack of it a mirror polish
edge can be achieved quickly. One can
go from an x-fine diamond stone to the
buffing wheel and get an edge comparable
to the finest water stone edge. I still
use a water stone for straight cutters
though as it is possible, easy even, to
over polish an edge and round it over.
 

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Thanks guys. Visited the local woodcrafters and handled a crown marking gauge. It had some sort of hard lacquer finish. Looked at a few other nice tools and I think I'll give tung oil a try.
 
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