Setting Mortise Gauge

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Forum topic by tokala posted 12-07-2016 07:21 PM 563 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2016 07:21 PM

I have just started a project that requires cutting mortises, which is a new skill to me..I am questioning how to set the mortise gauge. Hoe do you set the fence distance without moving the distance between the 2 pins that set the width of the mortise? I have the standard gauge with 2 pins on one side and 1 pin on the other.

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#1 posted 12-07-2016 07:25 PM

Hold the brass bar down with your thumb while
sliding the wooden bar… or something like that.

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#2 posted 12-07-2016 08:01 PM

Need a pic of your gauge. I’m not familiar with a “standard” mortise gauge.

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#3 posted 12-07-2016 09:14 PM

The inside pin is supposed to slide independent of the fence. It may just be grabbing or you don’t have the thumb screw loose enough. Wooden gauges with a brass strip can get sticky.

After setting the pin distance to the width of your chisel, then you set the fence offset to whatever you want. You may have to hold on to the second pin bar when you do that. Depends on what kind of gauge you have.

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#4 posted 12-08-2016 12:29 AM

Thanks. I’ll give it another go!

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