Japanese cutting gauge

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Project by mafe posted 12-31-2012 08:24 PM 10740 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Japanese cutting gauge
mafe’san version

Here first the drawing I made to build it after.

This post comes from my Japanese cutting gauge .

Yet another tool for my Japanese toolbox.
The cutting gauge is traditionally used to separate and split wood.

I decided that on the day of New Year’s Eve I needed to make and finish a little wood project that would make me smile.

1. The cutting gauge.
2. marking and making the body.
3. Sawing of the body from the board.
4. Ripping!.
5. Shaping the body.
6. Using the wonderful kiri drill.

Hope this can bring some inspiration to others that play with Japanese tools and work methods, who knows maybe a new year’s wish.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 12-31-2012 08:37 PM

Very cool nice work Mad

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 09:53 PM

How cool is this

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#3 posted 12-31-2012 10:22 PM

Nice project Mads. The simple ones bring more smiles than not. I’m interested in your kiri drill. Did you do a blog on it?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 12-31-2012 10:30 PM

Mads another wonderfully executed project
Good to see you back in the shop
Have a wonderful 2013

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 12-31-2012 11:50 PM

Very nice tutorial. I have to make one of these.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 01-01-2013 12:08 AM

Way cool one here mads, even used the “real thing” tools for the job, happy festive season friend :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 01-01-2013 12:13 PM

I have one of these Mads. It is almost identical, but I bought it a few years ago.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-01-2013 12:39 PM

Hi guys,
First of all a happy newyear wish.
Doug, I will make the blog as soon as I can, I have all the pictures ready, just need a little time.
the kiri’s are really effective, I was really surprised the first time I used one, they dont take great skills, but they make your hands sore when you only use them once in a while, but it is well worth that.
Mike, I tried to make it as close to the Japanese versions I have seen on the web as possible.
Pete, yes it doubbles the joy for me.
Mauricio, it took less than two hours and was great fun and fine practice.
Jamie, and a wonderful 2013 to you, I hope to do more woodworking this year, and that life will give me some meditative time after all the chaos in the last year, I think the workshop here will give me room for that.
Jim, Grumpy, big cool smile here.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 01-01-2013 03:58 PM

Mafe, the marking gauge is great but do you know what I liked most about your post? I liked your bench…now a days, the benches we see are new and pristine looking with no marks and no character. Your bench “has been there” and would have stories to tell. At 53 years old and in the crazy world of the insurance business, there’s something inside of me that longs for things to be more simple. In my work, I use the available technology a lot and I’m pretty Tec savy; but I do get so tired of it all and just enjoy a Saturday with sharp chisel, making some shavings . Your bench speaks volumes to me. Thanks.

-- Tim Harrelson

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#10 posted 01-03-2013 11:28 AM

lines of precision.
imagination evolves
to functional art

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#11 posted 01-03-2013 02:48 PM

Nice cutting guage, Mad.

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#12 posted 01-07-2013 04:00 AM

Neat new gage, Mads. you are sure putting that new work shop to good use

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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