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Project by RGtools posted 393 days ago 1356 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a blast designing and executing this tool. These swaps are are good way to make you gear up to do good work. For this swap I thought the durability of purpleheart would be a boon…it was, once the infernal thing was done.

I have issues making a perfect “showpiece” tool…I can never bring myself to do it. It’s a solid working tool though. A few features I put into it:

The threads of both screws are tapped directly into the purpleheart which is dense tough stuff, and should be able to take the abuse.

The stem gets tighter in its mortise when the blade is closer to the body, this is intended to prevent the stem slipping quickly and knocking the blade into the body.

The blade comes from Lie Nielsen Tool-Works; it’s a panel gauge blade. I had to file the eye for the screw to fit through it though, and auger bit file and a chainsaw file do a fine job here. Keep it sharp and you will be able to make either very light marks that can be cleared away with a smoothing plane, or deep marks with will be visible for years to come.

I nixed the idea of a brass wear strip, purpleheart is probably harder anyway.

The angled mortise should help the tool age gracefully, as pressure from the screw should force alignment.

The tool is, as you can see, very asymmetrical. This is for a few reasons.
o I have a hard time making a showpiece tool (the wires in my brain must be crossed).
o It’s favored for a right hander.
o The stem was made by hand and is a little “off” as far as the angled bottom, having an asymmetrical head should help remind you of the orientation of the stem.

I tried to give the tool a bit more length than the average gauge without upsetting the balance of the tool. This is a real asset on drawer and small box work, where many gauges fall just a touch short.

I just hope it’s enjoyed.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan





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#1 posted 393 days ago

Very nice work

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 393 days ago

A fine example of the “K.I.S.S.” build method! Sometimes less is more. Function trumps form ALWAYS!!!
Looks like a keeper to me!!!
Great job.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 393 days ago

Excellent Ryan. Love the drawing!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#4 posted 393 days ago

Mighty fine gauge RG!

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GMatheson

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#5 posted 393 days ago

Great gauge Ryan. I like the purpleheart. It’s my go to wood for re-soling my wood body planes. This should take the use and abuse for at least a few generations

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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Brit

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#6 posted 393 days ago

How could it not be enjoyed Ryan. Nice work.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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bondogaposis

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#7 posted 393 days ago

Really nice gauge!

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 393 days ago

Well done Ryan.

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stan3443

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#9 posted 393 days ago

good looking gauge ,but i’m partial to purple

-- If your not supposed to have hair on your face......why does it grow their

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#10 posted 393 days ago

Nicely done Ryan.

-- ~Tony

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#11 posted 393 days ago

Well done. Beautiful wood.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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JayT

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#12 posted 393 days ago

Very nice, Ryan.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#13 posted 393 days ago

nice!

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terryR

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#14 posted 393 days ago

That is very nice, Ryan. I love the shape of the bottom of the beam.
The included sketch, in color, is priceless!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#15 posted 392 days ago

Purple heart is stunning.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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