|Project by harum||posted 09-09-2014 05:28 PM||3620 views||31 times favorited||20 comments|
This marking gauge was loosely based on the plans from ShopNotes, No.54. It’s made of Honduran rosewood, finished with two coats of shellac. I wanted a big and heavy gauge, comfortable for a lefty. The fence size is 4-1/2” × 3”, the beam—3/4” × 1” × 11”. The cutter is made of a dull jigsaw blade, wear plates are from salvaged brass bar. Epoxy was used for gluing the fence.
The rosewood is heavy and oily—the fence slided very well against boards. After sanding with grit 220 SP the wood feels like stone: heavy, smooth and hard.
I put a threaded insert into the end of the beam and the wood held up well; had to drill a wider hole thought. This wood is really beautiful; shapes well.
The gauge leaves clean straight marks when used across the grain:
Lessons learned: brass screws break easily; the notches in threaded inserts are not for screwdrivers (don’t know what for); should have spent more time on the countersinks.
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