Marking gauge

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Project by norwood posted 01-01-2010 08:02 AM 4302 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a marking gauge and am too cheep to pay for one I made it out of Oak, Ebony and aluminium sheeting I used a ground down sawzall blade for the cutting edge and a loose bolt for the holding screw. I used all scraps from around the shop and ended up with an ok little tool

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#1 posted 01-01-2010 08:28 AM

Looks like a good tool.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-01-2010 09:14 AM

Nice work, Welcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-01-2010 11:41 AM

Nice marking gauge.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-01-2010 04:52 PM

Fantastic! Who says that our tools have to be store bought and expensive. They just have to work. I’ll bet this homemade marking gauge will last generations. It is well constructed out of sturdy materials.

James Krenov used to make his own doweling jigs, and he was a master craftsman!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#5 posted 01-01-2010 04:59 PM

Thanks for this great post. I’ll be making me one soon.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 01-01-2010 05:47 PM

That is clever on grinding the bolt head to make it finger friendly for tightening. If it was in the store, it would have to be in the upscale tool area since it looks so good.


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#7 posted 01-01-2010 05:50 PM

I love shop made tools. I have several. It’s a real joy to use them in my work.

Good job!


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#8 posted 01-01-2010 07:21 PM

Thanks I just hate to spend when there are always ways to be creative and cost friendly the bolt into the block was a last minute decision I drilled a whole just smaller than the bolt itself and cranked it into the hole “kinda taping a hole into the wood ” Because its ebony I think it will hold for quite a long time but and softer wood might just strip out if it does I think I will try to put a nut into the block …...not to sure how yet but there has to be a way
maybe i will have to make another to see

This is a very supportive place Thanks

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#9 posted 01-01-2010 07:59 PM

Nice job. It’s always cool to make something out of a bunch of nothings.

-- -Todd

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#10 posted 01-01-2010 11:57 PM

Good one Norwood.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 01-02-2010 02:06 PM

Home made, the best kind. If you went out to buy one it just might be “made in C—-A”

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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