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Project by Notw posted 12-18-2014 09:17 PM 2791 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few tools that I have made:

The first is a mallet made out of Walnut and Maple, the head is full of BBs and weighs 1lbs 0.6 oz

The second is a marking gauge made out of Walnut and Cherry with brass hardware and a homemade blade made from a jigsaw blade. Very sharp and cuts great.

The third is another marking gauge with a friction fitting and a sharpened nail for the cutter, it is made from Walnut and Brazilian Cherry

The fourth is a center gauge made from Red Oak dowels and Walnut, with a sharpened screw for the point.

The fifth is dovetail cutting gauge made from Brazilian Cherry with a rare earth magnet, set to 1:6

The sixth us a try gauge made from Walnut and quartersawn White Oak

The seventh is a sliding bevel gauge made from Rosewood and brass, the plan for this came from a Shopnotes magazine and was my first time using brass. A lot of fun to make

All of these were finished with a coat of polyurethane and are all used regularly. Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 12-18-2014 09:21 PM

Nice! Looks like a collector’s set. Any details on how you used the metal/brass for the bevel gauge?

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#2 posted 12-18-2014 09:26 PM

The brass was epoxyed to the wood and then the bottom pieces were riveted with brass rod into place. The top two pieces have 2 screws on each side that hold them into place. The rounded shape came from a spindle sander drum on the drill press. all the pieces are cut from 1 12” piece of brass using a combination of hacksaw, dremel cut off wheels and files. Finally they were sanded through different grits all the way to 400 grit sandpaper. The plan for the sliding bevel gauge came from Issue #8 of ShopNotes magazine, page 22

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#3 posted 12-18-2014 11:12 PM

As someone looking to do some resawing of boards, I’m intrigued by your centering gauge. What are it’s dimensions? How do you use it?

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#4 posted 12-19-2014 12:38 AM

I love shop made tools and yours are beautiful and functional. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#5 posted 12-19-2014 03:50 AM

nothing better than a tool you can make yourself.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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Michael Anthony Zelonis

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#6 posted 12-19-2014 12:41 PM

I love making my own tools and jigs. These are a beautiful and inspiring examples of craftsmanship and functionality. Well done Brother!

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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#7 posted 12-19-2014 02:29 PM

Thank you everyone for the kind words

Brad, I can not take credit for the design of the center marking gauge, that was an idea i borrowed from Mafe on here, I have attached a link to the blog he wrote about how to make this tool.

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#8 posted 12-19-2014 02:43 PM

Gorgeous work !!

-- Ed

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#9 posted 12-19-2014 04:23 PM

Really nice!

I love the mallet and the bevel gauge is gorgeous! Think I’d be afraid to use them!

-- Tim, Delaware,

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#10 posted 12-19-2014 08:00 PM

Well done! Love the tools, the creativity!

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#11 posted 12-20-2014 07:48 PM

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#12 posted 12-21-2014 05:41 AM

You know what you have when you make it – very nice tools. It is real inspiration for myself. I have some plastic tools that can be upgraded in such way.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 12-22-2014 03:14 PM

All very nice tools that you’ll use often in your shop. you’ll appreciate them more than if you bought them because you made them your self!!!!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas…................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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