Small marking gauge from pen blanks

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Project by Buggy posted 05-20-2016 09:41 PM 1108 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had made one of these sometime ago from a plain piece of maple and since I was actually using it I thought I’d make one out of a nicer piece of wood. Unfortunately I didn’t have anything too interesting on hand other than some pen blanks. I laminated a thin piece of ebony between two blanks of maple burl to get the width I needed and here is the result. The marking blade was made from a small piece of O1 tool steel and heat treated to rc 60-62. All brass hardware except tiny screws were from lowes and the brass inlay and tiny screws from a hobby shop.

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#1 posted 05-21-2016 12:23 AM

Beautiful work!!

-- Brian Noel

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#2 posted 05-21-2016 06:59 AM

Very pretty.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#3 posted 05-21-2016 01:08 PM

This is a definate wowie too. Super nice.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 05-21-2016 02:21 PM

Thats one nice marking guage. I know it took alot of precision on them cuts too, especially since it was a small piece of wood to start with but that didnt stop you. Well done.

-- Andy Smith

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#5 posted 05-21-2016 05:30 PM

Never thought about using pen blanks. Great idea! Looks fantastic! Having a couple of these small gauges around are very handy.

-- The old ways worked then, and they still do today! Randy

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