Shop made tools #2: Marking Gauge with Mistake

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Project by BasHolland posted 10-11-2012 07:26 AM 2459 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year ago I made this little marking gauge.
Just for the fun of making.

But there’s a big mistake in it.

Try to find it and let me know! :) LOL

-- Bas, Holland

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 10-11-2012 07:52 AM

Looks like the wedge angle is too large to give an effective hold on the blade which also appears to be upside down? Nicely put together though.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 10-11-2012 09:29 AM

I’d have rotated the mobile block 90 degrees to have the grain aligned with the direction of movement of the tool when used, the brass runners won’t do anything appart from catching the endgrain on that position…

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#3 posted 10-11-2012 06:51 PM

Looks like the cutting blade is a bit too tall? It would not be able to register due to it being higher than the fence?

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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#4 posted 10-11-2012 07:40 PM

I also tend to agree with Sodabowski’s answer, but many marking gauges are built this way. JR45 and kapanen make a good observation about the blade, but that is not an issue with the marking gauge so much as the blade used.

Another possibility: The opening on the fence was cut too large, and you had to fashion a clever pad to press against the beam when the knob is tightened?

-- Regards, Norm

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#5 posted 10-11-2012 09:57 PM

I love the comments . lol.

The opening of the fence is ment to be.
The blade cuts just fine.

You all have to think about when you use it….

-- Bas, Holland

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#6 posted 10-11-2012 10:00 PM

Sodabowski is close to the solution…

-- Bas, Holland

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#7 posted 10-12-2012 12:11 AM

Geen idee!

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#8 posted 10-12-2012 12:54 AM

The brass trrips should have been routed accross the grain for strength and run parrallel to the flow of work. The workmanship is first class. This marker would make a nice paper weight.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 10-12-2012 12:56 AM

I think the grain on the head is running the right direction. If it’s perpendicular, tightening the setscrew will put it in tension across the grain (splittting).

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 10-12-2012 01:09 AM

The blade is a safety hazard?

-- Cheers -- g

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#11 posted 10-12-2012 02:01 AM

There 1 or 2 possibilities:

1) You made it too nice and are afraid to use it.
2) You made it too nice and someone stole it.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 10-12-2012 04:05 AM

Blade is looking to cut more than just wood and…

Why didn’t you make a nice grind on the wedge vs jagged?

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#13 posted 10-12-2012 07:14 AM

Ok, there it goes :

the brass wedge in the fence, the one that locks the crew, is to big/long.
I can’t pull back the blade against the fence , retract .
So, when you have to scribe a very small mark, it can’t.
Maybe not so big mistake .

Transfer all your comments, I’ll use it for my next one.


-- Bas, Holland

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#14 posted 10-12-2012 02:42 PM

I don’t see any measurements, or is this a copying gauge?

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