Marking Gauge

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Blog entry by Philip Edwards posted 03-09-2007 10:00 AM 2550 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Folks
Been spending any spare time in the ‘shop making a marking gauge. I know, I know – I don’t need another marking gauge. But I bought some brass rod and tube that gave me an idea…....
So here is the Philly marking gauge MK I - not the prettiest thing but an interesting exercise. It needs to be a lot smaller and I may change the shape of the body for the next one (a bit too much Titemark!!) but it works nice. Good practise on the lathe(s) too! Just need to make a suitable cutter.
Thought I’d better get my act together with the fluted table so I have finished making the drawer, glued it up and fitted it. The runners are great, well worth the money and totally hidden. Result! The false front is receiving yet more coats of oil and will be fitted tonight. I also made up some brass adjustable feet to keep the bottom edge of the flutes just off the floor. They are a little delicate so it made sense to raise them a little.
I am pleased with the dovetail arrangement. I think I might use this a lot – what do you think?

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#1 posted 03-09-2007 11:53 AM

As, Usual, my friend, your work is impeccable. I love the way this table is turning out.

And your tool making is super! This marker is similar to the Veritas Wheel Marker. I will look for your next generation of marker with interest.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Roger Strautman

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#2 posted 03-09-2007 12:31 PM

Phil, The dovetail layout works great for me. If you think about it, by stretching them out with space between some of them it goes with the taller and narrow cabinet. A standard dovetail layout would give a shorter squatter appearance.

That marking gauge is alright! I like to make things like that so I might have to give it a try. What did you use for the end marker?

Thanks for sharing Phil!!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Ethan Sincox

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#3 posted 03-09-2007 05:16 PM

Again with the tool making, Phil!

I’m getting all kinds of jealous, man! Or maybe I’m just starting to beat myself up for not getting out into the shop as much as I should?

The weather is warming up now, sooo… just as soon as I can actually free up some time, I’ll be back at it.

(I’m sure by then Dana and I will have found a house and I’ll be busy packing, moving, and fixing up things at a new house, with the kind of luck I have.)

-- Ethan,

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#4 posted 03-10-2007 01:16 AM

Phil Very nice, You were going to fill me in on your drawer bottom attachment.

Where do we stand 4 days and counting. ;>)

-- 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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#5 posted 03-10-2007 06:43 AM

By the way, Phil… a little hard to tell from the image, but is that Bocote?

Man, I hate Bocote. Clogs sandpaper like nothing else. And I think it stinks. Give me a rosewood any day of the week!

-- Ethan,

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#6 posted 03-10-2007 07:00 AM

cool tool! Need to make me something like that.

like the spacing on the dovetails as well…

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Philip Edwards

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#7 posted 03-10-2007 09:49 AM

Thanks Guys!
Karson, I was going to use drawer slips but time was running out so I went for the “old faithful” of a groove running round the inside edges and trapping the bottom inside when I glued up the drawer. I veneered a piece of MDF with maple veneer for the bottom. The walnut drawer front is nearly ready to be attached-I;m just apply the last coat of oil.
Ethan – it is an African exotic called Ovangkol. A smelly and nasty timber to work but it is tough wearing. And I just happened to have an off-cut handy ;)

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