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Project by muesli posted 07-10-2016 10:42 AM 972 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I already had a marking gauge, but it ’s one with pins and I don’t like it. So I made this one from some beech and a cutter of a rotary knife I had. No beauty, but it works really good.





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Rick M

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#1 posted 07-10-2016 05:43 PM

Well done. Do you like the rotary cutter better than the pin? I have used/made them with pins and blades and don’t like the pins very much, but I’ve never used a round blade.

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muesli

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#2 posted 07-10-2016 08:08 PM

Thanks Rick!
I like the rotary cutter much more than pins. I would like to build a marking gauge with two cutters for tenons similar to the VERITAS Dual Marking Gauge. But because of the big diameter of my cutting wheels, it wouldn’t be very handy. So maybe I will try to build one with two blades instead.

Best regards!

Uwe

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#3 posted 07-11-2016 09:20 PM

As long as it works it’s a good tool, doesn’t really matter if it isn’t trimmed out with effects for beauty. Nice build.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 07-12-2016 11:01 AM

Nice work and it looks good too, although I am not concerned about appearance if it works well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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muesli

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#5 posted 07-12-2016 02:49 PM

Thanks a lot Oldtool and Stefang!
I am already thinking about how to build a marking gauge with two cutters, similar to the VERITAS Dual Marking Gauge or even build one with two blades.

Best regards

Uwe

Edit: uups, I already wrote that two days before. I am older than I thought.

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#6 posted 07-13-2016 03:39 PM

I like this a lot, I’m okay with the pin style Guage, but wanted something better and bought the one from Japanese Woodworker that looks like this with two blades, and hate it. I think you figured out how to use that style but eliminate the jumpiness of the blades. I love the simplicity of your design too. Where do you get the cutters, and how did you drill the center of the dowel?

-- Time to get started

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#7 posted 07-13-2016 03:41 PM

Oh, and for two guages couldn’t you just add a second dowel mirror image to the first?

-- Time to get started

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muesli

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#8 posted 07-13-2016 04:38 PM

Thanks a lot, Bob!
You find those blades if you search for “rotary cutter” or “rolling knife” on Amazon or on Ebay. I have such a knife and had a spare blade. :D

My version is more or less based on the design of the German woodworker Heiko Rech:
http://holzwerkerblog.de/2013/01/04/ein-streichmas-selbst-bauen/ (use translate.google.com with the URL to his article) I saw it and wanted to build a quick and easy version. Because of the wooden rod, which is much thicker than the metal rods on other gauges, I decided to give my spare cutter a try. Using two dowels would be possible, but maybe to voluminous.

Best regards from Germany

Uwe

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