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Forum topic by bruc101 posted 04-16-2021 01:21 PM 383 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2021 01:21 PM

I’ve about worn my wheel marking gauge out and need a new one. I’ve read so many reviews on them it’s got my mind going blank

Any suggestions and personal experiences with one would be greatly appreciated.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#1 posted 04-16-2021 01:23 PM

Buy another of what you had. If you used it enough to wear it out you must have liked it!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#2 posted 04-16-2021 01:24 PM

Do you need a new gauge or just a new blade? If it’s just a blade you need, what model gauge do you have?

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#3 posted 04-16-2021 01:31 PM

The best IMHO are Kevin Drakes Tite marks (Glen Drake Toolworks). But they are costy, and several including Lee Valley have faithtful replicas.

Kevin can get you replacements, and if you know your model, he could likely assist you there as well.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 04-16-2021 01:33 PM

My gauge was given to me as a gift years ago and it’s getting difficult to keep it adjusted. I tried a new wheel for it and it doesn’t fit.

It’s time to replace it.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#5 posted 04-16-2021 01:59 PM

The Veritas Dual Marking Gauge is handy. It can be set to mark a mortise or tenon with one setting. The wheels have opposite bevels too, for getting the waste side marked correctly. Be sure to get the shaft clamp. It allows you to keep the relative wheel settings for marking something like a mortise with a reveal for a table leg.

I also have the JessEm gauge. It’s a beast. The Veritas 3-in-1 and pocket models are nice to have around too.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 04-16-2021 04:23 PM

I have the tay tools one. For $30 its “ok”. It gets loose and i have to keep tightening the plastic screw, and the knobs really need to be tightened with pliers. If the drake one was double the cost I would have bought that one but it is priced too high. My next one will be the Veritas dual marking gauge for all the reasons Rich mentioned, and its like half the price of the drake one.

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#7 posted 04-16-2021 04:26 PM

Titemark and Veritas are quite well regarded.

Stumpy Nubs has a recent video on using them, and recommends inexpensive ones from Chipsfly dot com.
Tay Tools has both kits and complete gauges.

Fine adjust is nice, and is available in versions of all these.

-- Alan in Wisconsin

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#8 posted 04-16-2021 04:30 PM

This has me thinking, I have no idea where I put the extra wheels that came with mine.

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#9 posted 04-16-2021 05:04 PM

I received a tite-mark from glen-drake for my birthday a couple years ago. It came with a nice touch of a hand-writ note from Kevin. I every time I use the tite-mark, adjusting it precisely with one hand while I hold my work in the other, I consider it amazing.

Yet, seems that the world of good gauges is backordered with the rest of the world of backorders.

-- derek / oregon

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