Ipé Beading Gauge

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Project by senomozi posted 1588 days ago 2767 views 16 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I imagine there is a proper name for this type of tool but since it is used for beading wood and works much like a marking gauge I call it a “beading gauge”.

I recently had a project where I had to shape a small flute along the edge of a curved piece of moulding. Doing it with a router would have required a pretty elaborate jig so I figure I could make the job easier by modifying Matt Kenney’s marking gauge (FWW #211) to work as a beading tool. I used Kenney’s gauge exact dimensions except for the thickness of the shaft, which is 3/4” thick instead of 1/2”. The business end of the tool is also different. A slot the width of a table saw blade is cut in the end. A piece of metal with two screws prevents the two halves at the end the shaft from spreading apart when the flat tipped wood screw is turned to pinch the scratch stock in place. Holding the scratch stock this way works OK but it is not perfect. It has a tendency to rotate under use. Justification for working on rev 2 of the tool!

The scratch stock is piece of jigsaw blade that I shaped on the grinder and/or using files then honed using water stones up to 8000. I also lapped both faces of the stock. Since I do not have slip stones I honed the cock bead scratch stock (concave shape) by first rounding over the corner of a rectangular water stone using a diamond stone then rubbed the stock against that rounded corner. Worked great!

-- Senomozi - Gatineau, Canada

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#1 posted 1588 days ago

That’s a great idea; like all of the best ones it’s simple but effective. It would be fairly simple to modify an existing or old gauge like this too.

I don’t know if you saw Dave Moore’s scratch stock With a wider blade similar to his, it could register against your end cap on one side and the end of the groove on the other, and wouldn’t tip. You could also put four shapes on it, one on each corner.

Great idea and thanks for sharing, it’s gone to the top of my project list.

-- John

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#2 posted 1588 days ago

I like this idea. Seams like less set up and fuss for profiles that are constantly used.

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#3 posted 1588 days ago

That is a great idea.
Simple & very useful!

-- Having fun...Eric

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#4 posted 1588 days ago

Great design on a very useful tool. Looks nice also.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 1588 days ago

that’s a new favorite for me…great job.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 1588 days ago

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 1588 days ago

It’s beautiful.
You make me regred, that I just spend 40 pound on a old Stanley 66…
But We can always use more tools…

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 1588 days ago

Great idea!

-- RonWen

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#9 posted 1587 days ago

Very Nice !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#10 posted 1587 days ago

Very cool.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#11 posted 1587 days ago

very nice!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 1586 days ago

Nifty scratch stock. Still on my to-do list. I’m thinking it might be useful to make the fence “doubled sided”. One side flat for running along straight edges and the other side rounded or angled to follow curved surfaces. I think this might be a better idea than the Stanley 66 with its two fences, usually the curved fence is lost! :(

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#13 posted 1586 days ago

rwyoung said :”I’m thinking it might be useful to make the fence “doubled sided”. One side flat for running along straight edges and the other side rounded or angled to follow curved surfaces.”

That’s a great idea. Someone on another forum pointed out to me that the fence was a little large and would not work well if run against a concave edge. I thought about making a rounded fence for that purpose but going double sided seems like a more practical solution to me.

Thanks for the idea.

-- Senomozi - Gatineau, Canada

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#14 posted 1581 days ago

great idea
thank´s for posting it


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