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Mahogany Marking Gauge and Keruing and Mahogany Mallet,

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Project by TerryDowning posted 530 days ago 1511 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided I’d like to get back to working with hand tools. That being said, I realized I needed some hand tools, so why not make them.

The Marking Gauge is made form Mahogany, the scribe is a sharpened finishing nail. Rather than use an threaded insert, I simply threaded the wood. If this becomes a problem, I’ll add a brass threaded insert. The screw is just a 1/4×20 machine screw I had on hand. I may look for a fancier Brass screw, but this does the job for now. There is a piece of hard wood dowel between the housing and the cross bar. The screw engages the top of the dowel and compresses against the cross bar to hold everything fast.

The mallet head is Keruing (AKA Asian Mahogany) It’s a cutoff from a Truck Bed install. This wood is very dense and should make a good mallet. The handle is Mahogany from the same board I used for the marking gauge.

Finish is BLO on both items

For the mallet, I followed a plan I found in Fine Wood Working. The Marking Gauge is derived from many that I have seen.

Enjoy

C&C welcome.

No machines were harmed in the making of these items.

-- - Terry





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stefang

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#1 posted 530 days ago

I like both. The mallet is real pretty and the marking gauge will surely work well. Good work of both. This reminds me that I need a new mallet.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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MrHart

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#2 posted 529 days ago

Nice malet sir, and marking gage. I need both as well and have been “planning” my mallet. Does yours have sand in it or just hardwood. I was thinking of the sandless model myself.

No SS’s were harmed in the making of this mallet.

-- MrHart

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TerryDowning

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#3 posted 529 days ago

Nope, no sand. It’s plenty heavy without. I have yet to use the mallet (other than some test whacks which were truly satisfying)

-- - Terry

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 529 days ago

Well done these are fun to make.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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TerryDowning

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#5 posted 529 days ago

First usage of the mallet this morning. It handled nicely but the rather dense head will mar softer woods so care must still be taken.

-- - Terry

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stevenmadden

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#6 posted 499 days ago

TerryDowning: Nice!

Steven

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TerryDowning

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#7 posted 55 days ago

Update.

I’ve been using this mallet for over a year now and it is holding up nicely. I use it for assembly, chisel driving and whacking hold downs. It’s great for heavy work when I really need some force. It is NOT a finesse tool.

-- - Terry

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 54 days ago

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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