Marking Gauge for Swap

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Project by Rick M. posted 06-29-2013 04:50 AM 2033 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Posting this early because I will be out of town for a couple weeks. This is the gauge I made for JordanP, padauk and poplar. Iron is made from a hex key. If I were to do anything different, I would cut the round mortise then glue on the padauk with just a small hole for the iron but live and learn. The threaded insert ties the mortise and tenon together (they are also glued). It worked like a dream. Will mark to a depth of about 2.5”. Hope you enjoy it Jordan.


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#1 posted 06-29-2013 04:54 AM

I like this because it’s not your traditional marking gauge. You were really thinking outside the box on this one and it probably has the most ergonomic handle of all the gauges around! Nice. And thanks for using the proper tag!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 06-29-2013 07:00 AM

Nice piece. Now you can do working and dreaming together.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#3 posted 06-29-2013 11:41 AM

Nice gauge, I like the color contrast and the handle.

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#4 posted 06-29-2013 11:52 AM

Great job Rick.

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#5 posted 06-29-2013 12:34 PM

That is one beautiful marking gauge. I like the use of hex key. It must of taken you a while to grind the key down, seeing they are hardened. I do have a question about the Paduck. I know when I am sanding Paduck next to a lighter wood , the red color transfers to the lighter color wood. Will the red color transfer to the wood you are scribing a line to?

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#6 posted 06-29-2013 01:35 PM

Impressive looking marking gauge Rick. Well thought out. Great hand fit ergonomic handle. Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 06-29-2013 01:43 PM

I cut the hex key with a dremel tool then ground it on a crank grinder, touched up on sandpaper; and yeah, it took a lot longer than I expected. No problems with red transferring when I tested it.


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#8 posted 06-29-2013 01:51 PM

Nice gauge Rick

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#9 posted 06-29-2013 08:23 PM

Really nice gauge Rick, I’m sure the recipient likes it as well. Very creative using the hex key. Next swap I wanna be your recipient.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#10 posted 06-29-2013 09:40 PM

nice idea… cool

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#11 posted 06-29-2013 09:52 PM

Unique design. Looks good.

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#12 posted 06-30-2013 12:20 AM

beautiful piece… another one of my favorites.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 06-30-2013 12:36 AM

Thanks everyone. The blade turned out very sharp, it takes a light hand or you’ll cut fairly deep. The one thing I agonized over was bevel in or out and I couldn’t find a consensus so I went the easy way and put the bevel facing out/forward. The tricky part which really wasn’t so trick in the end, was getting a perfectly perpendicular mortise inside the handle. After a couple no-go’s, I glued the handle from 2 pieces, each with a shallow dado which gave my drill bit a path to follow.


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#14 posted 06-30-2013 01:30 AM

That’s freakin’ sweet! I’m glad I mailed mine off before you posted pics! Mine would have never left the house out of embarrassment lol!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#15 posted 06-30-2013 01:54 PM

great thinking outside the box, that’s what makes these swaps great

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