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My New Marking Gauge

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Project by Eric posted 09-19-2014 07:59 PM 2082 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my new marking gauge that I made out of quartersawn Maple and Padauk. It’s hard to tell from here, but there is a slight curly figure on the Maple that I really like. I’m not sure what I am going to use to finish it, but I am leaning towards Boiled Linseed Oil.

I didn’t want to deal with threaded inserts, so I used a Padauk wedge to secure the beam when adjusting the depth of the cut

The blade will let me cut on the pull, or push stroke depending on which way the gauge is turned

There is about a 1/16” dado that holds the blade in place, and keeps it from spinning when using the marking gauge

I got the idea for this marking gauge from the ”Tool-Making Projects for Joinery and Woodworking” by Steve A. Olesin

PS – I decided to use a Finishing Paste Wax for the marking gauge. It did a great job keeping the natural color, while enhancing the grain. It also did a great job bringing out the curly figure in the Maple.

-- Eric





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Sawdustonmyshoulder

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#1 posted 09-19-2014 08:20 PM

Cool.

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#3 posted 09-19-2014 09:36 PM

useful and beautiful, thanks for the post
Jeffrey

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#4 posted 09-20-2014 12:25 AM

Nice! Where did the blade come from?

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#5 posted 09-20-2014 12:54 AM

I got it from Lowes. Look carefully because they are easy to miss

-- Eric

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#6 posted 09-20-2014 02:15 PM

A beauty. Does the Padauk lock the marking rod in place with a taper?

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#7 posted 09-20-2014 02:25 PM

Yep. Both the rod and wedge have slight tapers so that it secures the depth of cut tightly

-- Eric

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