Mike & Mads cutting gauge (blog) #4: The box (blog)

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Blog entry by mafe posted 03-13-2011 06:12 PM 6645 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Mike & Mads cutting gauge the box (blog)
A gift to a wonderful friend.


This is the last part of the series, so for you who step in here, please go back to the beginning:

The box could have been a blog of its own, but I think it belong here, since it was made for Mike?

So after making Mike this cutting gauge, I thought it looked unfinished without a custom made box.

I took some pallet wood that I had left from my bucket project, and some thin ply from a fruit box, both found in the street, planned the wood, and cut in up in my desired width and made some rabbets on the table saw, really quick, no sweat.

Then cut it in 45 degrees at the desired lengths, so the gauge would fit in.

Then cut of the top of the rabbet on one of the ends.

Like this.

Here you see the fit.

Then the thin ply was cut to fit the width of the bottom and top rabbets.

Marking and cutting done for the length.

Like this.
Do you follow me Mike?

And here the principal of the sliding lid box (nothing new for those who know it…).

Glue, plenty of glue, for the bottom and the mitered corners.

Assembly with paint tape, and remove waste glue.
(Or fight this glue later, it’s a choice).

Check the angles. (If I miss spell this one, then check the angels too…).

Now mark the lid.

Glue the lid and the rabbet piece top together.

Then I cut two ‘hold’ pieces to the interior of the box, and marked the gauge size on them.

Made repetitive cuts on the table saw.
Still there Mike?

Here you see what fore…

Then drilled two holes, and glue in rare earth magnets, these came all the way from Hong Kong.

And so the extra blades have a place to be.
Care full you will not cut the fingers Mike (wonder if you are working on the bucket as I write this).

Now adding some shavings I saved as I made the bucket, a coin so you will not have bad luck and a drill bit that I had made pointed so you could make an awl.

Ok I could not settle there, so I made the little awl, and a little label with my sign and some words.

- and a letter.

And it was time to close it up and go to the post office.

That day I spend with my oldest friend Michael (known him for 25 years), and he took this picture of me when I was walking in the street.
Why is this interesting?
Look what I have sticking up the pocket!

This is the end of the Mike & Mads cutting gauge blog.

Thank you Mike for making this possible, and for the fact that I also have a wonderful cutting gauge now as a twin to yours.

Hope this blog can be to some inspiration, for me it is was so much a pleasure to make these Mike & Mads cutting gauges,

Best thoughts,


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

9 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 07:06 PM

great picture blog Mads :-)
always a pleassure to read them

take care

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#2 posted 03-13-2011 07:09 PM

Hey Mads. Nice box and well explained construction. From now, even analphabets can build one! You had and you are a good teacher.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 02:34 AM

Your shipping boxes are nicer than my best ones ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Glen Peterson

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 03:19 AM

Nice work and very thoughtful

-- Glen

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 03:51 PM

I loved the box Mads. I especially liked the trim on the end of the lid that matched up with the trim around the top of the box and which matched up with the box closed. Very arty. The little magnets hold all the extra blades well in place. The box is work of art on it’s own with the fruit box lid and the shaped holders for the gauge. I not only greatly love the gauge and the box, but I learned a lot reading your blogs as well. Architect designed and built tools. Now that is something to brag about!!!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 10-30-2011 10:21 PM

Love the blog and the boxes… gifts for my ladies for Christmas, if you don’t mind. Thanks, Mads!

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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#7 posted 10-30-2011 10:30 PM

Hi all,
I can see I never got to answer this one, sorry.

Wookie, big smile here no I am happy – unless you expect me to make them… lol.

Mike, you are missed, I hope it is the summer that holds you of the computer, and that we will see more of you when the long winter nights begin in Norway. Yes we had a wonderful time on that project, the bucket I mean, and I smile and think of you each time I use my own gauge.

Glen, ;-)

Topa, you are wonderful, I think by now you must be in training.

Serge, I think I told you I acually worked as a teacher for constructing architects for a time, so who knows I might have picked up just a little there. These boxes are fast and really nice for tools and such.

Dennis, naaa you know… Smiles.

Thank you for your comments.
Best thoughts,

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

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#8 posted 10-30-2011 10:41 PM

better late than never Mads …......but this time even the snail-mail is faster than you …. LOL

take care

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#9 posted 10-30-2011 11:24 PM

Better late…

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

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