|Project by bookworm||posted 07-20-2009 04:37 PM||2273 views||3 times favorited||15 comments|
This is a modest little project, but I’m pretty happy with it. It is a marking gauge made of white oak that had been sitting in my Dad’s barn loft for about four years. The design is from Dean Jansa’s December 2006 article in Popular Woodworking. The design has been called a “French Gauge” by some. I call it handy. It is still early days yet, but so far I prefer it head and shoulders above my clunky Crown marking gauges. It feels very nice in the hand. I thought the wedge action might be less precise than the typical thumbscrew arrangement you find in the store models, but that wasn’t the case. By first pushing the wedge in place with your thumb then tapping the wedge firm against a hard surface it locks down nice and secure. After this I may have to make a cutting gauge in this design. This project has also taught me my mortising skills need practice. :-) The last picture shows the individual parts with a single coat of shellac. The other images are the natural wood. Not a fancy tool but useful and just what I needed.
-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude