|Project by bobasaurus||posted 03-05-2015 02:45 AM||1765 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
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 (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)