Shop Made Marking Gauge

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Project by BobAnderton posted 11-06-2010 07:57 PM 3286 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this marking gauge yesterday out of materials I had around. It’s not super fancy or anything but think it turned out ok. I meant to be working on something else, but got this notion in my head that I needed a marking gauge at some point and got diverted into this side project. I’ve never had a marking gauge before and I think it will come in pretty handy. I filed edges onto two sides of a triangular window glazing point for the marking pin. I made a triangle shaped recess in the end of the beam that it fits into and it is held tightly in place by the end plate. I used a stainless threaded insert and stainless screw for the set screw and inlayed a stainless shim stock into the beam for the screw to bear against. The two wooden parts are made from 7/8” mahogany, which makes the proportions look a little chunky.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#1 posted 11-06-2010 08:03 PM

Very nice tool

-- Tom, Odense

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#2 posted 11-06-2010 08:04 PM

nice gage.
Nice to make your own tools.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 11-06-2010 08:04 PM

Neat looking gauge Bob, I like the “chunkiness” of it,
If I ever get back in the shop I will copy your design
if you don’t mind.

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#4 posted 11-06-2010 08:06 PM

Nice work…you’ve given me inspiration for a chunk of bloodwood I have had lying around. Maybe a wing bolt and a nylon shim to keep from marking up the stainless track? Do you think that’ll be a problem? Just curious.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#5 posted 11-06-2010 08:11 PM

Hey, I’m glad you like the design Pitbull. Run with it.
Jason, the round headed allen head screw seems to be pretty easy to manipulate. I filed the end of the stainless screw nice and flat to keep from marring the stainless shim. Maybe a nylon tip could be epoxied onto the end of the screw. I’ll keep an eye on it and will implement that if it seems to be a developing issue. Thanks!

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#6 posted 11-06-2010 09:12 PM

homemade tools is the best thing to use , always gives a speciel feeling every time


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#7 posted 11-06-2010 09:55 PM

Thinner, it would have been a one-trick pony.
Being this chunky, it can double as a small mallet! =p

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#8 posted 11-06-2010 10:25 PM

Good looking guage, dude. Who cares if it’s “chunky”? It’s tool, not a beauty contest entry. ;)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#9 posted 11-07-2010 12:46 AM

Nice gauge, it will be your new child…
The first are always special.
Best thoughts,

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

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#10 posted 11-07-2010 01:43 AM

great idea using the picture frame points. very nice marking tool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 11-07-2010 05:57 PM

I like it too.
TNX for the idea.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#12 posted 11-07-2010 06:24 PM

Look excellent—form AND function both covered, well !

Very nice !

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 04-01-2011 09:35 PM

cool looken tool,looks simple to make.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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