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Blog entry by mafe posted 01-10-2011 10:31 AM 5614 reads 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bevel gauge from a hack saw blade DIY
Boat builder’s small gauge.

Some of you probably saw my little brass bevel gauge, after finishing this, I was searching the web and stumbled over a sweet little DIY bevel gauge made from a old hack saw blade, so I had to make me one just for the fun of it.

It’s fast to make, simple and cost almost nothing.

This is how it will look.

So you start out with an old hack saw blade (or a new…)

Break it in half, or cut to desire length (you can also use two to get a long one).

The parts needed, blade, washers and a nail (brass or copper are better).

The setup!

Saw of the part not needed.

Like this.

Parts ready.

Grind of tooth.

Grind the whole thing to make them look nice.

Hammer on the pin in circular motions, to create a second ‘head’.

Eating the big fish!

Or simply cleaning the pipe.

That should be it, feel free to ask.

Link to boat builder’s guide and tools book:

Hope the blog be to inspiration, perhaps some pocket size bevel gauge…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 01-10-2011 10:57 AM

What a fertile mind. You are an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for another tool making idea.

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#2 posted 01-10-2011 11:19 AM

Mads it was an unused (although a little rusty) hacksaw blade it still had paint on the teeth there were still lots of cuts left in it.

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#3 posted 01-10-2011 11:23 AM

@Trevor: dude, I bet Mafe found that hacksaw blade alongside an old pallet =p

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 01-10-2011 01:37 PM

All right, just keep it up, pretty soon you won’t have ANY shop space left ! Then you’ll have to start sending these joys to the rest of us..


Nice idea !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 01-10-2011 02:00 PM

once again mads
you keep leading the way

bless you
and thanks

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 01-10-2011 04:00 PM

how creative. thanks for posting.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#7 posted 01-10-2011 04:46 PM

Totally sweet. Now I gotta use up some hacksaw blades to make one!
Thx for sharing.

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#8 posted 01-10-2011 04:56 PM

“simple and cost almost nothing”. Now, that’s what I like to hear.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 01-10-2011 05:08 PM

Great and helpful, thanks.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#10 posted 01-10-2011 06:00 PM

Very cool idea. I like the idea of pounding the other end of the nail to get a second head – I would have never thought if that. Does it hold it’s angle pretty well?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#11 posted 01-10-2011 06:34 PM

Festool Mafe, high tech engineering at it best…great work

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#12 posted 01-10-2011 08:06 PM

thank´s for sharing Mads :-)

take care

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Dan Lyke

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#13 posted 01-10-2011 11:43 PM

Nice! And thanks for showing how you turned the nail into a rivet, that all of a sudden makes a couple of projects more obviously doable.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#14 posted 01-11-2011 12:48 AM

Hi guys,
Dan Lyke, happy it could be usefull, then the blog was worth making thank you.
Dennis, thank you back.
blackcherry, yes I love both.
dakremer, it works perfect, and if it gets loose you just bang it with a hammer.
Roz, ;-)
HallTree, and now shared, even better yes!
ratchet, yes saw away.
Tim29, smile.
David, I feel more like stubeling in the darkness, but I do have fun as I do it…
racerglen, yes that might just end up like that… You cant imagine how small my work shop are. I have to go outside to evn change my mind…
Thomas, the truth is I found it in some trash, so you were not all wrong…
Trevor, you got me there, but I would not be happy to use a rusty blade. I bend in the dust for your sharp eyes and mind.
lilredweldingrod, the truth is I’m just a big child! And since my health cant allow me to work, I cant stop to do things when ever possible for me, and I love to.
Best thoughts to all of you, and thank you for all the wonderful words full of smiles,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 01-11-2011 01:48 AM

Neato! Once again! Mads I think you are truly mad or maybe just the Madhatter! Love It! Thanks!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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