Marking gauge

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Project by DanoP posted 03-06-2012 04:20 AM 2722 views 15 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I always wanted one but didn’t want to shell out the bucks for a good one. So, decided to make one. The cross piece is Jatoba sandwiched between Walnut. I ran two brass dowels top to bottom to help prevent splits when the knurled knob is cranked down. The brass plates are epoxied and riveted. Both knurled screws are threaded directly into the jatoba. I threaded the wood, then soaked the threads with thin CA then chased them again with the tap. I am absolutely amazed at how much torque you can apply to those threads without stripping them. The blade was made from an old jeweler’s file (annealed, shaped then retempered). Finished with CA.

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 04:24 AM

Wow that’s gorgeous Dano great job.

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 04:31 AM

Awesome, that is very nice.

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 04:32 AM

That is gotta be one of the best marking gauges that I have seen.

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 06:29 AM

How are you preventing the set screw from damaging the shaft of the gauge? I usually see a brass plate along the length to prevent that on the purchased ones.

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 07:27 AM

vary nice!good craftmanship! I built one too.

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#6 posted 03-06-2012 10:56 AM

Well done. I especially like the idea of the pin on one end and the cutting gauge on the other. I think the only thing that I might change would be to add something to cover whichever end is not in use to avoid accidentally cutting oneself, especially with the cutting gauge end. If that thing is good and sharp, it could bite you.


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#7 posted 03-06-2012 11:05 AM

beautiful tool. You should enjoy using for years. Good job!

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#8 posted 03-06-2012 11:05 AM

Well done…

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

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#9 posted 03-06-2012 11:42 AM

Lovely details and finish, that is a tool for generations.
Best thoughts,

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#10 posted 03-06-2012 12:41 PM

Nice work.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#11 posted 03-06-2012 04:00 PM

Thanks to everyone for your kind words. Interpim, the answer to that is quite simple… I ran out of brass. I figure I can use it as it is for now and any damage to the beam that results will be cut out when I finally inlay that last piece of brass.

Doc H. I guess I should have put more details in my description. Opposite the knife on the beam is not a pin, it’s an 0.0625” pencil lead from an old drafting set. The same stuff you would use in a compass.

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#12 posted 03-06-2012 04:47 PM

Looks great but more importantly functional. I’m going to have to try your method of threads/CA.

-- Ray - Spokane, WA - “Most people don’t recognize opportunity because it’s usually disguised as hard work.” - Unknown

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#13 posted 03-06-2012 07:26 PM

Great job. thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 03-06-2012 09:18 PM

I’ll lay odds the photos don’t do it justice. Very nice.

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#15 posted 03-06-2012 09:37 PM

Beautiful job! The jatoba is really beautiful.

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