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Ebony/Maple Marking Gauges

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Project by CartersWhittling posted 05-17-2012 09:46 PM 3401 views 24 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello.

These are two marking gauges I made with ebony and maple. The beam is about 7 ” long. They both have blades made of O1 tool steel. One blade is a sharpened pin and the other has a knife edge. The ebony on the fence and beam will keep the tool lasting longer through years of use. Unlike most marking gauges of this style I have seen, I put the main wedge below the beam. This means it tightens against the ebony on the beam which is more durable than the maple, and it allows me to shape the top of the gauge. I used a wedge to hold each of the cutters in place, this allows me to remove/adjust the cutters quickly. Its also a very easy way to hold the blade in place without metal or screws. I rounded the bottom of the gauge for comfort and chamfered the back edge just for looks. I have two more gauges I will make for a 1/4” and 3/8” mortise chisel I have ordered. I will also be making a panel gauge to match. The wedges hold everything very tight, its quick and easy to use, and looks pretty neat. Now I finally have some gauges I am satisfied with.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/





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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 05-17-2012 10:09 PM

Carter, those are BEAUTIFUL marking gauges!

I like the use of a wedge to hold the cutter…
Possible to show more details about the Cutters, the hole for wedge, and the wedge?

You must have a nice supply of Ebony after yu made that Frame…
... still using up the scraps! Good for you! LOL

Nice work as usual…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#2 posted 05-17-2012 10:41 PM

Very nice, I love that ebony!

-- Ryan

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Philip

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#3 posted 05-17-2012 10:45 PM

Those are nice looking.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#4 posted 05-17-2012 11:50 PM

Carter you do know how to make it look nice.

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mafe

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#5 posted 05-18-2012 12:48 AM

Beautiful, I love them.
How does the wedge for the bar work?

Best thoughts,
Mads

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JL7

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#6 posted 05-18-2012 01:29 AM

These are outstanding…...would love to see more info as well…...thanks for sharing….........

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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CartersWhittling

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#7 posted 05-18-2012 03:10 AM

On one of the logancabinetshoppe.com podcasts, episode number 29, he shows how to make a marking gauge with the same wedging system.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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kenn

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#8 posted 05-18-2012 03:29 AM

Sweeeet! I love the tiny lambs tongue detail. Just box them up and send them to me, I’ll give them a nice home with lots of savings.

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CartersWhittling

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#9 posted 05-18-2012 03:36 AM

Thanks Kenn. I thought the lambs tongue would give the chamfers that little extra something too. Plus, now they match my moulding planes.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 05-18-2012 04:23 AM

”On one of the logancabinetshoppe.com podcasts, episode number 29, he shows how to make a marking gauge with the same wedging system.”

I remember that… thank you!
COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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thedude50

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#11 posted 05-18-2012 04:44 AM

This is great work Curt I really love your work a real artist

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exelectrician

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#12 posted 05-18-2012 04:53 AM

Very nice tools – but how did you do the big round overs ?

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#13 posted 05-18-2012 08:56 AM

Who says a good working tool can’t also be a beautiful tool? This is a tool that I want to make soon. Got the material, just need my back to give me a free afternoon to work on it.

Ever think of making one with a double line to mark both sides of a tenon or mortise at the same time?

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#14 posted 05-18-2012 12:38 PM

very impressive…love the contrsting woods…I can’t wait till you start selling tools! :-)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#15 posted 05-18-2012 12:48 PM

These are absolutely beautiful!

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