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I’ve been needing a panel gauge. So I made one.

I’ve been holding onto this chunk of walnut for awhile waiting just for the right project.

The Brass head secures the hss knife with 2- 8-32 brass screws and CA glue will be used in the wooden threads to harden them. The knife was cut from a planer knife. HSS is a bich to work. The wedge is cocobolo. The coco scrap being the perfect size didnt hurt either.

I used a bandsaw to rough it out and followed with a rasp and files. I filed a small chamfer with the help of a 45 deg guide block. More or a pain than I thought it would be.

I finished it with shellac and wax. But I’ll probably strip the shellac off and go with a BLO & wax mix. The shellac is purty but purty don’t alway work well.

I may put in a brass angle in the body as a wear plate.

I know I know. This will be a perpetual project until I think it’s what I want in the end, but it’s finished for the moment.

Thanks for looking

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.





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WayneC

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#1 posted 02-09-2017 04:33 AM

Very pretty.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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TheFridge

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#2 posted 02-09-2017 04:44 AM

Thanks man.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 02-09-2017 05:23 AM

Nice work it looks good just as it is. For years I have used a halfway, make it work one, guess I need to get on making it correctly. Or I could buy one I thought, right let me see how much these things go for:

Lie-Nielsen has them for $85
Rob Cosman has his for $325
Woodpecker $259

Nah, not likely I am buying one anytime soon.
LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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TheFridge

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#4 posted 02-09-2017 05:36 AM

Thanks man. I’ve spent a crapload on LN planes but it’s hard for me to swallow if I can make it myself.

A marking or panel gauge can be a test of making a tool how you want it so that’s how I chose to approach it.

Unfortunately I didn’t know what all I wanted until after I was pretty much finished :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Woodwrecker

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#5 posted 02-09-2017 06:20 AM

Hang that sucker up and it’ll make your shop look cooler! :)
Nice work brother.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 02-09-2017 07:05 AM

Da dada da dahh, I’m lovin it..

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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Kelster58

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#7 posted 02-09-2017 11:24 AM

Very nice. You did a GREAT job !!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#8 posted 02-09-2017 11:41 AM

nice job,

I find that my favorite tools are the ones I have made (or modified) myself.

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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chrisstef

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#9 posted 02-09-2017 12:33 PM

Meh. You shoulda used the good walnut. Send that to me and ill offer you consultation on your next build.

-- Something, something, something.

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HokieKen

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#10 posted 02-09-2017 12:48 PM

Man that is some kinda sexy Fridge! Even the beam has some nice figure but that head gives me the warm and fuzzies. I do think a brass plate would look awesome against that Walnut. If nothing else, I’d put it there just for looks. Well done brother!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Don W

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#11 posted 02-09-2017 12:53 PM

Well done

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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TheFridge

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#12 posted 02-09-2017 01:02 PM

Thanks guys, stef send me them digits…

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#13 posted 02-09-2017 02:09 PM

It’s gorgeous Fridge.

Keep us updated on any future modifications please.

-- ~Tony

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#14 posted 02-09-2017 02:27 PM

OOOO ahhh that’s one pretty puppy,very nice woods and a super build.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#15 posted 02-09-2017 02:30 PM

That’s purdy Fridge. You did justice to that piece of walnut.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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