Ipé Beading Gauge

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Project by senomozi posted 04-14-2010 10:25 PM 3073 views 17 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 04-14-2010 10:57 PM

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 04-14-2010 11:05 PM

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

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Eric in Florida.

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#3 posted 04-14-2010 11:09 PM

That is a great idea.
Simple & very useful!

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#4 posted 04-15-2010 02:21 AM

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

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 04-15-2010 02:42 AM

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 04-15-2010 04:45 AM

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 04-15-2010 08:03 AM

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 04-15-2010 08:19 AM

Great idea!

-- RonWen

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#9 posted 04-15-2010 04:00 PM

Very Nice !!!

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

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#10 posted 04-15-2010 05:41 PM

Very cool.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#11 posted 04-15-2010 11:35 PM

very nice!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 04-16-2010 06:34 PM

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 04-16-2010 07:19 PM

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 04-21-2010 11:08 PM

great idea
thank´s for posting it


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