Marking Gauge

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Project by plantek posted 04-24-2011 03:50 AM 3880 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I can’t remember how long I’ve wanted one of these. Every time I decided I would buy one I would flip when I found out the price…
So I was looking through the latest Woodsmith magazine and found a nice little plan for one.
I built this out of white oak and finished it with paste wax.
I can’t believe I waited so long to build this. I just love it.
Thanks for looking

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 04:22 AM

That is nicely done. What did you use for the cutter? Did the plans also include instructions to make one with a pin/awl type cutter. Those are preferred for marking with the grain as they are less likely to follow the grain.


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

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Brian S

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 04:30 AM

That looks very nice. I was also looking through the most recent woodsmith and decided to make one of these. I hope mine looks half as nice as yours. Where did you get the knob? I’m having a hard time finding one. And did you use a threaded insert, or did you just tap the wood like in the plans?

Also, if you’ve used it a little, would you mind sharing how it works? Like docholladay said, does it have a tendency to follow the grain?

-- Brian

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#3 posted 04-24-2011 04:31 AM

I used a hack saw blade to make the marking gauge blade.
I know what your talking about regarding it following the blade. With that I mind I keep the up close to the beam to remove any flex that may occur. The plan did mention the blade vs the pin. There opinion is the pin can tear the grain. No doubt theres a place for both.
The plan can be found in Woodsmith Vol. 33 / No. 194


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#4 posted 04-24-2011 04:35 AM

I bought the knob(s) from Rockler.
I did tap the wood since I will be the only one using it I can be sure it won’t be over tightened.
I’ve used it very little but I do think keeping the blade tip close to the beam will remedy the following of the grain. Multiple light strokes as you do when cutting veneer may be the ticket. Time will tell.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 08:07 AM

One of those things on my todo list.

Do you have a link for the knob?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 04-24-2011 09:22 AM

One of the biggest factors in grain-following is the grind on the blade. Be sure the bevel faces in towards the fence, and experiment with different types of curves/points on the blade till you find one that works the best for you. A gentle curve is my favorite style, and I have very little trouble unless I mark too deep.

Of course, one isn’t enough, and you’ll have five or six before its over! Nice job!

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#7 posted 04-24-2011 11:58 AM

Nice gauge.
Best thoughts,

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

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#8 posted 04-24-2011 02:50 PM

You did this very nicely and now you have a wonderful tool that you made yourself so congratulations on a job well done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 04-24-2011 04:57 PM

Thanks for the nice comments.
lanwater: You can find the brass knob here
You may also want to check Woodcraft in Dublin…

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#10 posted 04-24-2011 06:19 PM

nothing like homemade tools to use :-)
may it serve you well


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#11 posted 04-24-2011 06:19 PM

Darned fine job !!!

DIY marking gauges …. I have no idea why …. are among my favorite projects, so … thanks for posting this !

-- -- Neil

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#12 posted 04-24-2011 07:34 PM

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#13 posted 04-24-2011 09:59 PM

Me too on the sticker shock. You did great on this one. Typically the pin type are used along the grain, they follow the grain less. For across the grain, the blades are typically used. Actually these are sometimes called Cutting Gauges. As for the bevel, I keep it towards the waste, which for me, is usually towards the fence.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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