Bevel gauge

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Project by rwyoung posted 07-20-2010 07:44 AM 3368 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You can never have too many bevel gauges.

Hard maple for the blade, cherry for the handle. Bolt is brass with brass washer and wingnut.

Blade is about 10” long and handle is about 6” long. Really didn’t measure much, just made from some scraps.

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

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#1 posted 07-20-2010 02:18 PM

I like. Very nice. Can you give some hints as to how you cut the slots in each piece?

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 07-20-2010 04:46 PM

Slots are cut with a router. But NOT with the stock in its thin state. You work from a larger piece, plunge cut at the router table then slab off a blank for the blade.

Look closely at the blade and you can see the burn marks from the router at the start and stop points. I didn’t bother sanding those out.

As to the body, well, again look closely at the first picture. It is a bit shadowed but you can see the body is laminated. The spacer is just one of the cut-offs from making the blade. When the gauge is closed, the bevel mates with the spacer. Also, think about the screw you pick out. I’ve made the side that has the bolt head thicker to allow for the recess. How much thicker? Don’t know, didn’t measure but it looks like about 1/16” thicker, maybe a little more. It will depend on the bolt and bolt head.

And finally, the two ends are not at the same angle. One is at 45, the other at 60. This gives you ways to mark small 30, 60 or 45 angles quickly.

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

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#3 posted 07-20-2010 04:53 PM

Nice looking tool.

-- Kate,

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#4 posted 07-20-2010 06:15 PM

Very nice, quick and easy tool to make and I am sure you will get a lot of use out of it.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#5 posted 07-20-2010 06:28 PM

very cool

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#6 posted 07-20-2010 06:30 PM

Cool tool nice woods too.

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#7 posted 07-20-2010 08:09 PM

Very nice. I like hand made tools. They say that ingenuity can improve things.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 07-20-2010 09:38 PM

So nice, it’s true – never too many…

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

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#9 posted 07-20-2010 09:50 PM

Nice. I also like hand made tools!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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