|Project by dustyal||posted 11-18-2009 05:37 PM||2277 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
The plan for this gauge was in popularwoodworking.com It was one of my rainy day activity projects—and we have a had a lot of those… rainy days that is. It marks lines, cracks nuts and can be a meeting gavel. uh, your multipurpose tool?
I did not put a finish on it. Thought I’d leave it nude. Tough part was hand chiseling the mortises with some attempt at squareness. Quite pleased that the arm did work out to be square with the body. Actually, I was quite pleased that it works nicely as a marking gauge. You can lock-unlock the arm one-handed.
Sharpened a drill bit (5/64ths I think) to a knife point (not conical like a pencil point) and set the blade at a five degree angle away from the body (not parallel to the body). This makes a very clean cut line and pulls the body up against the board being marked.
It is QSWO as that was the scrap wood I had. Overall a fun time waster.
-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...