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Marking Gauges

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Project by Lumberpunk posted 12-20-2014 03:23 PM 1408 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always wanted more marking gauges. Spent an evening in the shop and now I have 4! The beams are spalted birch and the fences are Padouk, Cocobolo, Black Walnut and Purpleheart. I did some experimenting with different shapes and I like the Cocobolo one best for feel. The cutters are a mortise marking head from a Lee Valley wheel gauge, two 1/4” ID washers honed to a fingernail profile and a blade from a cheap carving knife. I think I like the sharpened washers best but I am still looking for the best solution but these work for now. I will also be replacing the bolts with some knurled bolts at some point. Thanks for looking.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 12-20-2014 04:06 PM

Cool varity of marking guages ,I really like all of the variations of wood and creative use of washers. Nice work.

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#2 posted 12-21-2014 02:08 AM

Nice selection Luke.
If you are looking for more wheel ideas try a tile cutter wheel and Olfa also makes a nice cutting wheel .
I was going to mention some brass but you got that covered .

Klaus

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

Nice pieces, just what I need in my shop. Thanks for idea.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 12-21-2014 05:52 AM

Yes some brass would be nice but these were more like “I wonder how quick I can make these?”

One day I will do a couple of fancy ones. I would like to get the blades sorted first. I like the bevel toward the fence as it pulls the fence into the workpiece but it is harder to get the cutter to sit flush with the fence. I like the bevel away from the fence because it makes the gauge easy to set using setup blocks but it makes the cutter more likely to wander. And should the cutter be round, spearpoint? some other? or what about using carbide inserts from some tool or another?

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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