|Project by Glen Peterson||posted 09-27-2015 05:33 PM||1842 views||6 times favorited||7 comments|
I’ve been wanting to make some marking gauges for several years. This design comes from Massachusetts furniture maker Will Neptune and are used at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. I made the trio in 3 different species so I can set them at different lengths when laying out joinery and quickly grab the one I need. They are cherry, walnut, and maple. They have large thick heads and the slides are 5/8 inch dowels in the same species as the heads. The maple version is shaped like a Japanese kebiki, just for fun. The thumb screws, threaded inserts, pressure pads, and wear strips are brass. I couldn’t find 1/4 inch brass thumb screws so I epoxied the knobs to brass bolts with the heads removed. The brass inserts, screws, and knobs are from Lee Valley. The wear strips are also epoxied and the faces of the heads are sanded so the wood and wear strips are flush. The blades are cut and reground from Hock 1/4 inch marking knife blades. The wedges that hold the blades are beech. They are finished with wax.
One of the great features of these guages is the dowels. They are relatively narrow which allows the user to see where to begin and end a cut when laying out joints such as through tenons. Because the dowels are round they also allow the user to roll into the cut.