|Project by ToddJB||posted 03-03-2015 03:46 AM||5146 views||34 times favorited||52 comments|
I participated in the Dovetail Layout Tool Swap and I made these items for LJ AgentTwitch.
The main item is a marking gauge. I’m pretty proud of it. This is what I would call my first real Fine Woodworking project, everything up until this point has been made out of reclaimed materials and intentionally put together to look old and ragged. But this – this I wanted to be a keeper.
All the wood on these items were made out of one chunk of Claro Walnut. The metals are 1/8th brass, and the blades 3/64th 01 tool steel. The finish on everything is multiple coats of Minwax Gloss Poly with the topcoat being Satin Arm-R-Seal, and buffed out with wax.
The marking gauge design was inspired loosely on DonW's gauge that he made for a previous swap. But since this was for dovetails I decided to go with a thumbnail type blade. I also couldn’t find any super cool knobs like Don used, so I made my own using thumbs screws, which I think I’ll blog about. EDIT: HERE'S THE BLOG
Here was the on paper plan:
Here’s what I came up with:
This presented a lot of firsts for me in woodworking but I’m super glad I did it.
A couple areas I’m pretty proud of are the handmade screws:
And the way the blade slot came out:
The area that caused the most grief for me was the blades. I couldn’t figure out a jig to do it, and I’m not a free hander. Think the end result was okay, but it took forever.
In addition to the marking gauge I ripped off the look of a Blue Spruce marking knife
And used David Barron's tutorial to make a set of three magnetic dovetail saw guides (1:4, 1:6, and 1:8) Thanks to LJ BigRedKnothead for sending me some of his slick tape to go over the magnets so I didn’t have to buy a roll.
And the family shot with a random saw in the background – cause I’m classy.
Thanks for looking!
-- I came - I sawed - I over-built