|Project by Brett||posted 02-08-2012 04:06 AM||5495 views||19 times favorited||14 comments|
Here’s a little marking gauge I made. The design is a composite of one from the Popular Woodworking website and another in an old Fine Woodworking book called Bench Tools.
The fence is made of mahogany (I think) picked up at an estate sale, the dowels are birch and cherry purchased at Woodcraft, and the wedge is walnut given to me by a friend who works at a cabinet shop. The cutting iron is from an old hacksaw blade and the finish is Danish Wood Oil, which I had on hand from a previous project. Total price, probably just a few dollars.
Except for the holes, which were made with a drill press, everything was shaped with hand planes, hand saws, and chisels. I made three identical fences from one piece of wood (which was easier to cut and plane, due to its size), so I plan to make another marking gauge and a scratch gauge. Hopefully the mahogany will not wear too quickly.
The diameter of the upper part of the fence is almost identical to the diameter of a baseball—it feels very comfortable in the hand.
My next project is a couple of saw benches—which is why I need the marking gauge!
-- More tools, fewer machines.