Marking gauge

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Project by Douger posted 03-16-2011 08:04 PM 2141 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After a failed first attempt at making a marking gauge, I broke down and bought one (Rockler had one on sale a few weeks back), but when I realized it would be handy to have more than one around the shop, I revisited my failed marking gauge project, and came up with one that works really well. The main body block is made of mahogany that I salvaged from a built-in bookcase that I removed from my home years ago during a remodeling project; the bar is made of figured maple that was once part of an unfinished cabinet door that a friend gave me many years ago. I bought a threaded insert and a thumbscrew for about $1.50, and it works great. Now I’ve got two marking gauges in the shop, and I like it.

-- Doug, Kansas,

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 08:17 PM

Nice work.
Yes these gauges are wonderful helpers in the shop.
I admire your not giving up.
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 08:23 PM


Thanks very much—and how coincidental: I was just admiring the cutting gauge you posted a few days ago. Very, very cool. And a great story, too.

Regards, Doug

-- Doug, Kansas,

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 09:03 PM

Nicely Done. You can insert an undersized section of wooden dowel inside the insert to prevent thumbscrew from damaging the bar.

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#4 posted 03-16-2011 09:10 PM


Good idea. What I actually used was a little plastic cap—one of those things that they give you with knock-together particle-board bookcases to cover the screws—it fits over the end of the thumbscrew and protects the wood, but it’s thin enough so that it doesn’t prevent the bar from sliding, either. (Not exactly sure why the dowel idea didn’t hit me sooner, but this was the first solution that came to mind :-)

Regards, Doug

-- Doug, Kansas,

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#5 posted 03-16-2011 09:56 PM

I love both shop-made tools and reusing wood. Excellent project on both counts.
Thanks for posting,

-- Glen

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#6 posted 03-18-2011 12:43 AM

That looks like it should get the job done. For aesthetics only, I would have used a brass thumb screw. I just like the look of brass on wooden tools.


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

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