3 in 1 Marking Gauge

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Project by Lumberpunk posted 07-09-2014 07:06 AM 2875 views 34 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of the 3 in 1 marking gauge from Shopnotes #130.

The lighter wood is a broad leaf maple offcut from an old butcher block that needed to fit through the planer. The knobs and fence are from a Kauri tree from NZ that was in a swamp for 45,000 years, incredible wood and the pics don’t do it justice at all.

The gauge is based around my shop made t-track (you can see my review of the veritas router bit I used here: ) the fence and other accessories ride on the t-track and lock down using shop made knobs that were drilled out with a hole saw on the drill press and smoothed on the drill press lathe.

The gauge can function as a panel marking gauge (pics 1 and 2), a story stick (pics 3 and 4) and a compass (below).

The story stick markers have v-notches filed in the edge to guide a pencil or blade.

Here it is drawing an arc (kinda hard to see I know)

Liking this one a lot, if looked after it will outlast me I’m sure.

Thanks for looking.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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#1 posted 07-09-2014 12:40 PM

Very nice jig! Gonna have to make one. I love the plexiglass, use it on lots of jigs! No warping or expansion/contraction with humidity changes. Makes really good runners for table saw jigs too!

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 07-09-2014 02:38 PM

Very nicely done with cool improvements.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 07-09-2014 03:03 PM

Verry Cool…!!

I would love to make one but in my “shared Shop” someone would ruin it in a split second.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#4 posted 07-09-2014 03:31 PM

@abie, make a locking box for it.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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#5 posted 07-15-2014 02:21 PM

Nice! ill be making one of these.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#6 posted 07-19-2014 09:18 PM


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