Just Another Marking Gauge

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Project by SisQMark posted 01-19-2012 07:14 AM 3563 views 20 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well as I’ve seen quite a few of these posted here on LJ, I just had to make one of my own. These are quite costly for a good quality one & I was able to make it my way and keep the cost down too. This project has maybe $20 invested into it, most of that is the brass & knobs. I wanted to be different so I used black knobs, & made it double sided. I can measure up to 10” on each side. The wood used is 3/8” purple heart & 1/4” yellow heart. Not only are these woods durable & hard but they look good together as well. You probably noticed the cutter is made of brass ( not the permanent cutter), the other end has a Colet I “borrowed” from my dremel tool, I think I’ll keep it for this use. I can add any dremel bit I want or add a sharp point for scribing. I can even scribe glass with a diamond bit if I wanted to. I have always wanted one of these but couldn’t really afford a good one. I felt rather intimidated to make one because it’s a precision marking tool, I took the risk, here it is. I finished it with 3 coats of tung oil sanding to a 400 grit in between each coat. Thanks for looking & happy sawdust making!

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#1 posted 01-19-2012 07:29 AM

Looks like a beauty and very well made. Congrats on a fine tool.


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#2 posted 01-19-2012 07:35 AM

Thank you Trev. I’ve been working on it off & on for a week. A little here and there.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 08:10 AM

Very very nice marking gauge ,beautiful workmanship.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-19-2012 11:00 AM

Great tool to have and nice savings! Well done.

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

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#5 posted 01-19-2012 03:04 PM

a very 1st class gauge. a beautiful lookin tool

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

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#6 posted 01-19-2012 03:08 PM

Well done !
A real beauty.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 01-19-2012 03:51 PM

Beautiful work with features that commercially available marking gauges don’t have. Great job !!

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#8 posted 01-19-2012 04:01 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#9 posted 01-19-2012 04:50 PM

I wouldn’t call this “just another marking gauge”... I think it’s exceptional!

Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#10 posted 01-19-2012 11:00 PM

WOW! that thing should be on display. Very Nice.

-- Rob V

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#11 posted 01-20-2012 03:54 AM

Did you follow a plan? It looks great. I am currently trying to decide to buy one, make one or restore an old one I have.

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#12 posted 01-20-2012 04:55 AM

you know it really isn’t all that precise its a collar of wood with a knife or a pin it has no measurement that is critical so you were wise to make your own that is likely how it was done the first time necessity is the root of invention your is lovely it looks almost as nice as one from bridge city tool works that sells for 500 bucks well done i give it 5 out of 5 stars

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#13 posted 01-20-2012 05:14 AM

Thank you all for the kind words, it means a lot. I didn’t follow any plans, I just kept seeing these on here, drew my own sketch, and made mine the way I wanted it. Thanks again, I am glad you liked it.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#14 posted 01-20-2012 11:14 AM

just another guage? hardly! it’s just wonderful.

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#15 posted 01-20-2012 07:57 PM

Beautifull tool! Nice work!


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