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11-13-2019 03:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wheel mark marking gauge cutting question

I’m preparing to purchase my first wheel marking gauge and need some advice. I’ve seen some with t wheel that rotates, and some with a wheel that does NOT rotate, and one or two with a pair of wheels… that rotates and one that does not rotate.
Seems to me that if you expect the wheel to CUT the wood fibers that it probably should not rotate.
Those who have experience with this…..will you please advise? Thank you

-- hobbyist, using mostly hand tools

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#1 posted 11-13-2019 03:39 PM

I have the Veritas dual marking gauge, which has a pair of rods with cutting wheels on the end. It’s good for marking tenons quickly because of the two rods. It can also be used with just the one rod with the 2nd wheel retracted into the face. The wheels on this rotate. It’s not cheap but it is worth the price IMO.

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#2 posted 11-13-2019 04:26 PM

This homemade gauge uses a tubing cutter wheel that does not rotate. I sharpened the cutter wheel. Seems to do the job quite well.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#3 posted 11-13-2019 04:33 PM

I don’t think it matters whether or not the wheel rotates. What’s important IMHO is that you can keep the fence registered solidly and that the wheel is sharp enough.

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#4 posted 11-13-2019 04:56 PM

I have the Veritas (single cutter) and it works quite well.

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#5 posted 11-13-2019 05:55 PM

The wheel should rotate. If it does not, then the wheel will get worn in one spot only. Note; the bevel side of the wheel must face you, not away from you.

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#6 posted 11-13-2019 08:07 PM

One thing I regret is the one I bought has a screw that gets in the way of the cutting edge resting flat on a surface. This prevents me from quickly getting my thickness of a piece by resting the fence on it and letting gravity drop the cutting wheel to the required thickness.

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#7 posted 11-13-2019 08:13 PM

I have two of the ones from woodcraft the work great and are cheap. Buy one and see if you like using them over other styles. Then if you like it buy some more or different variations.

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#8 posted 11-13-2019 09:20 PM

I suggest you buy at least 2 of them. In many projects it is nice to have one set and not change it till you need one.

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#9 posted 11-13-2019 09:44 PM

Unfortunately, well probably not, but I bought my tite marks years before LV had theirs out, back when I got mine all they offered was a wooden deal with a sharp pin. I will say mine are totally awesome, they just cost a lot more than most of the look alike’s.

Kevin does know about metals, and how to score wood.

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#10 posted 11-13-2019 09:56 PM

I have the Veritas marking gauge and use it almost daily for the last 7-8 years. I also have a fine “traditional” marking gauge that’s wooden with a metal marking pin that I almost never use. The Veritas is well made but I hate it because it has a nasty tendency to become loose and have the fence move. If I could do it again I’d buy the Titemark.

PS: there are a lot of cheap “Titemark” style knock-offs on the market; please don’t buy one; the maker of the Titemark gauge is a great guy and a good woodworker who still makes all of his gauges in N. America, unlike the knock-offs.

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#11 posted 11-13-2019 11:00 PM

I have a bunch of marking/cutting gauges, including a Veritas wheel gauge. My Titemark is by far the best of the bunch. I use it all time.

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#12 posted 11-13-2019 11:09 PM

The two marking gages that I reach for are a bit older, but they hold their setting and don’t roll off the bench. A single rod Stanley 97 and two rod 98…

Regards, The Kentucky Toolsmith!

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#13 posted 11-13-2019 11:35 PM

These have rotating wheels. I’ve been using them for several years without issue. They were made by Goodell Pratt

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#14 posted 11-13-2019 11:36 PM

I really like my Veritas.

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#15 posted 11-14-2019 01:33 AM

I have an old Veritas that I’ve had at least 20 years now… (it’s the pre- graduated one. Just a smooth rod) I can’t honestly say whether the wheel rotates or not. My only real complaint is that the fence is a little small and can get a little wonky in my big mitts. I can’t just make a heavy mark, I have to go light, then cut back in and cut back in again to get a good line that I can see easily.

I recently made myself a wooden one with a bigger fence and am super happy with how it works. I used an old reciprocating saw blade and cut a blade out of it. It’s attached with two small screws to the end of the bar and does not rotate. It works quite well…. But, I use it more like a scoring knife. I rounded the cutting side, so I could rock it back and forth. It’s held an edge nicely for a month or so of use. I definitely reach for it before I reach for my old Veritas.

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