Wedged Marking Gauge and Brass Hammer for Dovetail Tool Swap 2015

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Project by bobasaurus posted 03-05-2015 02:45 AM 1637 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this marking gauge and hammer for BigRedKnothead as part of the Dovetail Themed Tool Swap 2015. The gauge is made from padauk, walnut, an old hacksaw blade, and a brass rod. I removed the paint from the hacksaw blade section and ground/sharpened a radius on the end for good slicing action (it cut me immediately after sharpening, of course). It uses a wedge to keep the beam set in the body, and is fairly easy to adjust with the included small hammer. A few taps on the wedge can set or loosen it, and tapping the beam can micro-adjust the position.

The hammer is a bonus item, and can be used to adjust the gauge. The head is a section of brass rod that I milled an oval hole into for the handle. One face is covered with felt to avoid marring wood. The handle is beech that I shaped mostly with planes, chisels, and spokeshaves. I wedged the handle in place with two darker mystery wood wedges.

In return, I received an amazing saw and nut driver from waho6o9:

It worked well as I braved my freezing garage to test it:

Thanks a lot my friend, I’ll try to put her to good use.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#1 posted 03-05-2015 05:31 AM

Nice looking tools, both ways.
Good work, both of you!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 03-05-2015 08:41 AM

Good looking tools, Allen! The felt on the hammer and the brass pin on the walnut beam are great touches. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 03-05-2015 01:51 PM

The marking gauge sure looks comfortable to use and I like the

felt on the brass hammer. Great work Allen, I’m glad you like

your saw and may you have many a good cut with her.

Thank you folks.

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#4 posted 03-06-2015 03:20 AM

Curious, whats the small brass dot/rod on the cutting end of the marking gauge?

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#5 posted 03-06-2015 03:23 AM

Thanks for the comments. The brass dot is a rivet to keep the beam from splitting when torquing on the blade, say if it’s used as a cutting gauge.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#6 posted 03-06-2015 02:14 PM

Aah thank you. Great looking pieces, a good swap if I say so myself.

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#7 posted 03-06-2015 11:02 PM

Fine work. Awesome attention to detail.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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