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Blog entry by jgourlay posted 04-14-2008 07:43 PM 1990 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One day I just got fed-up after having mis-adjusted a marking gauge. I said to myself “self, I am sick and tired of always having to adjust my gauge for the mortise chisel width”. Took a lot of work—haven’t regretted the time spent a bit. I didn’t really know how to use a spokeshave before I began this: I do now!

Chisels and gauge arms

-- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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#1 posted 04-14-2008 08:03 PM

Very cool idea! Nice set of chisels!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-14-2008 08:06 PM

That’s a great idea! A different marking gauge preset for each chisel. Did you have to use the spokeshave because you don’t have a lathe?

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 04-14-2008 11:57 PM

That is a nice idea. Now you have a good looking set of marking gauges to go along with a good looking set of chisels. Sounds like a winning combination to me.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 04-15-2008 12:07 AM

Great idea and functional tool set. Obviously you love a nice presentation as much as you love accuracy in your tooling. I see a H.O. Studley type tool case in your future.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 04-15-2008 02:24 AM

Owen, actually, they are oval not round. I thought about round but figured round wouldn’t give me the tight lockup and quick release I was looking for. I do have a lathe, but man am I ever a hard-catch newbie on that!

Douglas: yeah, I do lust after that H.O. Studley case. My wife never says it, but I KNOW she thinks “why doesn’t he quit building cabinets for tools and build me a vanity!”

-- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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#6 posted 04-15-2008 04:49 AM

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#7 posted 04-20-2008 04:52 AM

Great job. vanity’s can wait.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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