Marking Gauge

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Project by MrDan posted 04-27-2010 06:18 AM 2325 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A nice little marking gauge…I just copied the design from an old one I found at an antique store.

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#1 posted 04-27-2010 06:22 AM

Very nice, I want to make one of those next. Beautifully done, nicely exicuted!!!

-- Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense - Chip Estrada

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#2 posted 04-27-2010 09:23 AM

handy little gauge
thankĀ“s for sharing


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#3 posted 04-27-2010 12:37 PM

Very cool…... I sooo want to make one of these. Actually I want to make a collection of these…lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 04-27-2010 02:56 PM

I like it!
Is that a wedge that you use to keep the collar from moving?

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#5 posted 04-27-2010 03:21 PM

Tell us about the build?
Wedge, steel etc. please.
Nice job.

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

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#6 posted 04-27-2010 04:34 PM

Nice! I would also like to know more about it, especially if that is a wedge to lock the slider.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 04-27-2010 06:21 PM

I added another photo to show a bit of detail on the wedge and steel.

The wedge is sitting in a through mortise which tapers about 1/8” – 3/16”. The shaft is just made to fit snugly yet glide through the collar. On the inside the two holes (mortises) must meet exactly so the wedge can force enough pressure to hold the shaft tight. The wedge was the trickiest part, you’ve got to get it just right so that it slides in and grips side of the shaft. The first wedge I made tapered too much and it ended up not grabbing the shaft at all. A bit of trial and error for sure on this part.

The steel is just a flat nail I found in my garage. I polished it up and sharpened the tip, then wedged it in a stepped (tapered) hole using 3 progressively larger drill bits. It’s snug and won’t move, but when I need to sharpen it I can easily pull it out with a bit of leverage.

I’ve seen some folks inlay strips of brass to the business end of the collar to prevent wear, but I’m not much of a metal worker yet, so maybe on my next one…

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#8 posted 04-27-2010 06:52 PM

Nice Lookin guage !!

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

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#9 posted 08-21-2011 11:46 PM

A marking guage was on my shopping list, now I can shop at home. Very nicely done!

-- David, USA - New Jersey

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