Marking Gauge

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Project by Randy Price posted 10-29-2008 03:53 AM 2862 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This marking gauge is based on a photo I found on the internet. The body is walnut with a natural danish oil finish, the beam is maple and the wedge is pine. The beam slides through a mortise in the body and is locked in place by a captured wedge which rides in a tapered mortise. The marking pin is a sharpened piece of 6 penny finish nail.


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#1 posted 10-29-2008 04:05 AM

Great Looking Gauge!!

There’s nothing more satisfying then making your own tools!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-29-2008 04:37 AM

Good stuff there, Randy.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 10-29-2008 06:24 AM

Nice gauge.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 10-29-2008 07:11 AM

I like how simple the design is. Its a good way to use up some scraps. Thanks!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 10-29-2008 04:10 PM

Very slick! Do you find this design as easy to set as a more modern version with thumb screw?

-- Regards, Norm

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#6 posted 10-29-2008 08:22 PM

A very nice type of marking guage and good choice of wood.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 10-29-2008 10:28 PM

Great, I love home made tools….I might tackle this one tonight..(my interpretation only,lol)

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#8 posted 10-29-2008 10:38 PM

Well done! Functional and very nice looking.

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#9 posted 10-29-2008 11:30 PM

Nice job. Really clean. Nice mortising, How small will it go?

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#10 posted 10-30-2008 04:56 AM

I’ve been needing a marking gauge and never even thought to make one. I think I’ll give it a try out of some hard maple I have laying around. Thanks for the inspiration!

-- Greg, in Ozark, MO

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#11 posted 11-03-2008 06:32 AM

Great job.

-- Bud -

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#12 posted 01-30-2009 09:46 PM

Great project, homemade tools are so much better than anything you buy at a store.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#13 posted 11-17-2010 03:13 PM

Very nice, very simple, very useful. Thnx for sharing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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