|Project by TerryDowning||posted 02-13-2013 06:13 PM||1745 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
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.
No machines were harmed in the making of these items.
-- - Terry