Some shop made marking tools

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Project by lumberjoe posted 03-22-2016 01:22 AM 1975 views 10 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve found marking gauges to be akin to clamps. Sometimes I can never have too many. I decided to try and make a wedge lock gauge instead of my usual cam lock gauges. I like these a lot more. Easy to set, even easier to micro-adjust. I also made a larger panel gauge in a similar style

The marking gauges have screws as cutters. I sharpened the ends of the screws to a knife point. The panel gauge has a pin cutter. I prefer a pin with going with the grain

I documented the build process here

I also made a set of double squares and a sliding bevel. I like to use wooden squares. They are fun to make and easy to true up when the time comes. Everything is padauk and cherry finished with BLO and amber shellac.

The last pic is my new hand tool wall layout. For my most used tools, I have a one touch rule. I should be able to grab or put away the tool without touching anything else – be it a door, drawer, or lid.

Here is a quick how-to on the marking gauges if anyone is interested. I built these using only hand tools so it’s an easy and accessible project. Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 03-22-2016 01:56 AM

Nice tools! .... and pretty too.
Gotta love those wedges.

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

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#2 posted 03-22-2016 02:26 AM

Thanks Paul. You are the one that got me started on the wedges!


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#3 posted 03-22-2016 02:54 AM

Looks like you’ll be ready for most anything!

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#4 posted 03-22-2016 08:20 AM

Very nice toolset. And very-well organized too!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#5 posted 03-22-2016 05:34 PM

You’ve done a nice job on these shop built tools.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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