Marking gauge

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Project by Gibernak posted 05-13-2013 06:53 AM 1776 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a beginner in woodworking and I don’t have allot of tools. I have the basic, but so far only hand tools. But looking around the web at different project I saw that a marking gauge I is a very useful tool, when I venture further on with other project.
So this I made this marking gauge of mahogany and brass, and with the blade from a hobby knife. I’m very please with it, and I hope I will be a big help further on when start experimenting with dovetail joints and cabinets.

Regards to you all

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#1 posted 05-13-2013 08:20 AM

very nice, doesn’t look like beginner’s work to me!

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi"

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#2 posted 05-13-2013 10:28 AM

Well, for a beginner you are very good at detail work. The brass inlay on this gouge was done very well, very good work. If you expand this craftsmanship into larger projects, they’re going to be excellent projects to be proud of.
Keep up the excellent work, we’ll be looking forward to seeing what’s next.

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#3 posted 05-13-2013 02:21 PM

Good work, like the gauge

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#4 posted 05-13-2013 02:48 PM

Welcome to LJ’s Gibernak!

Mighty fine marking gauge. Superb work on the brass inlays, I like the
diamond inlay for the set screw, looks awesome.

How did you make the set screw for the razor blade? Is there a threaded

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#5 posted 05-13-2013 02:48 PM

Nice work… Sure it will serve you well… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#6 posted 05-13-2013 03:01 PM

Nice work,a very useful tool.

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#7 posted 05-13-2013 03:12 PM

Hi waho609. Yes behinde the blade is a threaded insert, so I have the option to change it or use something else.

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#10 posted 05-14-2013 12:13 PM

Very nice work for a beginner.

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#11 posted 05-14-2013 01:22 PM

Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks. You have made a beautiful and useful tool for your shop that you will all the more cherish as the years go by because of it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 05-26-2013 05:23 PM

Plastic has a place but this sort of “traditional” tool is a great beginning to your tool set. I look forward to seeing more of your work. Your first project shows great potential.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 07-23-2013 02:01 AM

Very nice. One of the things I enjoyed most when I started out, and still enjoy today, is making the tools I needed instead of buying them. Marking tools, push sticks, and other jigs and fixtures give me more enjoyment than a picture frame or jewelry box. Mostly because I get to keep them for myself and they never have to leave the shop. I try to use just as nice pieces of wood and finishes on these as I use on other projects.

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#14 posted 05-27-2015 01:49 AM

Great work. I’d like to build one myself.
I do understand the usage of the brass inlay on the stem, to give the top screw something to press against and not to dig into wood.
But I do not understand the usage of the brass inlay on the stock (or fence) piece.
Can anyone explain?

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#15 posted 05-27-2015 02:08 AM

Helps keep the fence from wearing and fast I assume.

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