$0 Marking Gauge (February 2013)

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Project by JSB posted 562 days ago 1388 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Can opener from….somewhere?
Maple from Trash to Treasure – Headboard
Toilet bolt from junk bin
T-nut from Trash to Treasure – Blue Love Seat

This works surprisingly well. I started off just messing around in the shop. Not wanting to cut and glue anything, I chose to mortise the opening instead of gluing 4 blocks. Drilled a hole in the top for a toilet bolt and pulled a t-nut up from inside. I took the circular cutter off of a can opener and screwed it on to another scrap piece of maple. It works great. Check out the video for a better idea of how its made.

-- Jay - or

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#1 posted 562 days ago

Nice addition to the shop. Should be able to use that the rest of your life! Thanks for posting.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 562 days ago

Very creative. Good use of salvage.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 562 days ago

inventive…. well done… Think the square arm with cutter could also be a broom handle or dowel? Thinking out loud as I have parts laying around.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 562 days ago

Funny you say that. As soon as I cut most of the mortise out with a forstner bit I immediately started looking for a toilet plunger handle. I always have an extra handle laying around but for some reason couldnt find one. It would work. Give it a try and let us know!

-- Jay - or

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#5 posted 562 days ago

I did make a marking gauge awhile back… comes in handy. If you used a round handle you might have a problem with the T-nut clearance, so substitute a simple wood screw from the top? Or, anchor bolt with wood thread down into the handle, and a wing nut on the bolt end… hmmm,,, to much thinking… need coffee…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 562 days ago

That’s a great idea for the blade.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 562 days ago

Great example of the motto in my signature.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#8 posted 560 days ago

A really nice use o scraps

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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