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I made this marking gauge from walnut and used hedge for the wedge.A very simple design. Easy to use.
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#1 posted 07-03-2014 03:35 AM
I got’s to make me another one of these. The one thing I have gotten use to, is that they are handy when I am setting up the location for the flotting tendons for my router bit in that jig,,,also the two peged center point finder is as well needed.
How does that side piece, lock in the sliding square with the scrbe ??? I can picture it being/acking as a wedge,,,,but the location is wrong.
#2 posted 07-03-2014 03:44 AM
Yes, it is a wedge that slides across and pushes down against the bar.What I like is when you use it you just tap it on the bench both to tighten and loosen the wedge.Adjustment is so easy, it is a one hand operation.
#3 posted 07-03-2014 03:46 AM
I think when I make another one I will use 5/4 wood for the main body piece.
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#4 posted 07-03-2014 02:56 PM
Skip—Nice marking gauge. What did you use as the marker? I made a couple for the marking gauge swap last year and I just used an old jig saw blade reshaped to a curve on one and a point on the other one.
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#5 posted 07-03-2014 03:53 PM
Thanks Skip, I had a brass screw tightner type, completely forgot about the wedge type lock-down. Re-looking at it, it seems as though you are right about the one hand operation being quick. Althooough (?),,,, dont know about the setting part on smaking it home, but the release to reset, ah huh, that I can see. Now on that bench hook, that is another one of thoes super simple projects that is a big help. Kind’ah like a handle on a cup. It just woorks !!!!
#6 posted 07-03-2014 05:33 PM
Don – I used a small drill bit for the marker, I believe 3/32 not sure, but it was small. I used it to drill the hole then ground the end to a flat knife edge and pushed it back in the hole. I have seen the jig saw blade being used but the drill bit is pretty simple to attach.
NeverEnough – As far as the setting the gauge, I usually get it where I want it and while holding it in place your thumb is in just the right position to give the wedge a little push to secure it, then a light tap on the bench to lock it in. The wedge has a very shallow angle so it is easy to lock in place with very little pressure.
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