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Project by nisker posted 10-30-2015 02:09 PM 2256 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I tried my hand at making a marking gauge. and it ended up sort of working but not very well – It’s difficult to adjust and with a nail for marking not very accurate.

At some point I came across this great guide(http://www.ibuildit.ca/Workshop%20Projects/Shop%20Tricks/tricks-12.html) for a version with a marking wheel and made a mental note to make one some day. Which is how this project came about.

The biggest modification I made to the design is using a knurled brass screw and brass threaded insert to clamp on the rod opposed to the glued in bolt and wingnut in the guide.

Most of the parts are salvaged, the main block of wood was once part of a table leg, the dowel was a handle for a water bag, the inlays part of a paint stirring stick, the threaded insert was salvaged from from somebody else discarded project.

I looked around for a knurled brass bolt with the measurements I wanted to have – But could not find a good place to buy just a few. So I milled one myself.

I don’t have access to a good band saw so I cut the slit with a table saw and a fret saw for cleanup where the table saw could not reach.

It measures 32×32x100 mm and the dowel rod is 13 mm in diameter and about 200 mm long.

I think the wood may be teak or mahogany, any other guesses? The inlays I believe is beech and the dowel I guess is pine. It’s finished with a coat of furniture/leather wax





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#1 posted 10-30-2015 02:53 PM

Nice one Nisker.

-Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 10-30-2015 05:47 PM

Thanks Madts.

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#3 posted 10-31-2015 10:36 AM

Super nice, really fine how that came out.
Impressed with your work on the knurled bolt, have a small metal lathe and mill here but never really got to use it for real… Some day.
I do like the circular marking gauges.
Fine fine work, may it serve you well.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 10-31-2015 11:50 AM

Thanks Mads.

Feels like I’m repeating myself here :)

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#5 posted 10-31-2015 05:48 PM

Smiles.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 10-31-2015 05:51 PM

It looks like a good tool you made Nisker. Nice work with the brass also.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#7 posted 10-31-2015 06:13 PM

Too many Danes on this site. :))

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#8 posted 11-01-2015 08:02 AM

Thanks woodcox :)

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