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Project by Troy Cleckler posted 10-17-2014 02:27 AM 2949 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve never used a marking or cutting gauge before but I’ve got on ordered fron Lee Valley that will be here tomorrow. It’s a wheel cutter type and I understand it’s easer to use. While I was searching what types I might be interested in, I ran across several that different ones made themselves and I thought, why not give it a try. This is what I come up with.
Quarter sawn oak for the base, black walnut, I think and a couple pieces of purple hart for the beam. The cutter is from a pack I picked up at lowes and the one I used was a single angle but it was too long. I ground it down and put a bevel on it. It could use a little more honing probably. I finished it with BLO.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....





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kiefer

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#1 posted 10-17-2014 02:47 AM

Very nice and straight forward design and very well made .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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lateralus819

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#2 posted 10-17-2014 03:18 AM

Very nice. I like mine, I wish i had used a blade instead of a nail…Does not cut the fibers too well. Thus it sits….

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Tugboater78

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#3 posted 10-17-2014 10:36 AM

Good job, I have some mjni razor blades I bought to make a similar gauge.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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Troy Cleckler

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#4 posted 10-17-2014 10:44 AM



Good job, I have some mjni razor blades I bought to make a similar gauge.

- Tugboater78


Just a warning about the blades. I had to widen and elongate the slot in this one and these blades are extreamly hard. I snapped the tip of a drill bit when it tried to enter the slot and it didn’t even put a mark on the blade. I found using a Dremel tool with a straight bit worked good but if you do this be careful, it builds up a lot of heat and does not discolor the blade. Ask me how I know…...finger tip is still numb.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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Gshepherd

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#5 posted 10-17-2014 12:01 PM

Good lookin guage, a little tweaking and it will soon be your favorite…

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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DrDirt

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#6 posted 10-17-2014 06:24 PM

Nice – that one is the Hamilton style.

I have that one but from a commercial source – works great.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 10-17-2014 11:01 PM

Great looking marking gauge.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Rick M

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#8 posted 10-20-2014 10:04 PM

Nicely done. I made one in a similar style and used an old jig saw blade for the cutter, it works fairly well.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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