Marking Gauge

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Project by Natedog posted 06-07-2011 04:11 AM 2797 views 21 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A marking gauge made out of cocobolo with brass wear strip. Inspiration / plans came from Woodsmith Magazine Vol.33/No.194. Finished with several coats of shellac and topped with paste wax. Blade is from a hack saw blade.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 06-07-2011 04:22 AM

This is a beauty!
Excellent choice of wood, the shellac makes the grain pop.
This is a classy looking tool.
I have been inspired.

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#2 posted 06-07-2011 05:08 AM

That cocobolo looks delicious. I want one…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 05:29 AM

I love a good shop-built marking gauge, and … THAT, my friend, is a BEAUTIFUL example of one !

Did you go with a pin style, or a knife style for the cutter ?

Great job !

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 06-07-2011 05:30 AM

Very nice job. Good idea about the brass wear strip. I need to make another one myself because my old one I made is worn out from not having that feature.

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#5 posted 06-07-2011 06:23 AM

great work.

It must be a pleasure to put it to use. I hope i have some of the success you’ve had with yours when i attempt my own.

Thanks for sharing

-- Anthony

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#6 posted 06-07-2011 09:45 AM

Beautiful Work. Can’t beat Cocobolo for finish.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#7 posted 06-07-2011 10:52 AM

Great looking marking tool! Everyone needs one of these and this is a real beauty! Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 06-07-2011 12:02 PM

Beautyful item, well crafted


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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 06-07-2011 02:08 PM

That is a beautiful tool you made. Thanks for sharing!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 06-07-2011 02:44 PM

Very nice!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 06-07-2011 04:09 PM

Very nice. Did you tap the wooden body for the screw or use a threaded insert?

How did you attach the brass? Glue or screw then sand off the screw tops?

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#12 posted 06-07-2011 07:37 PM

Thanks for the kind comments everyone.

NBeener: It is a knife style cutter. Can be removed for resharping.

David: Yes the wood was taped. From the magizane they prefered it this way. I like it because it provides a cleaner look. The brass was glued with gorilla glue polyurethane glue.

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#13 posted 06-07-2011 07:48 PM

Cool looking marker. Mine is getting old and starting to crack so I will have to find my copy of the Woodsmith with this tool in it. You did an excellent job….and those markers are very useful…especially for marking dovetails, box joints, finger joints…..cutting small pieces and for marking laps and half laps….I could go on…but there are plenty of blogs and you tube instructions for using the guage.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#14 posted 06-07-2011 08:16 PM

Great work, I like how this one came out better.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 06-07-2011 08:56 PM

She’s a beauty, great build! Wish I could lay my hands on some of those knurled brass bolts…

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

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