2013 Marking Gauge Swap

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Project by Boatman53 posted 416 days ago 2220 views 24 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a gauge that I made for Tim, as my contribution to the swap. Very old rosewood, that’s been waiting about 50 years for a project, and brass. The blade was made from a worn out disposable planer blade. It gave me an opportunity to put my new to me milling machine to work.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#2 posted 416 days ago

Nice Jim. I so want a milling machine.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 416 days ago

I’m going to have to watch Bridge City Toolworks, because

they’re going to mimic this fine design, great job Jim!

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#4 posted 416 days ago

We might have a winner here. Simply amazing from every angle

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 416 days ago

Awesome! That’s a fine piece of work

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#6 posted 416 days ago

Thanks Pete and Don. Yea I was looking for a while for one I could afford and got lucky. It’s an old Benchmaster machine that someone else restored. I saw it on the classifieds on another forum just 6 minutes after he listed it, and a line formed quickly behind me.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#7 posted 416 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments but I can not take all the credit for this tool. I first saw one on another forum and fell in love with it for obvious reasons. When I sent him a PM to see if he could proved me with some principle dimensions he upped the ante and sent me some measured drawings. I changed the dimensions to suit the materials on hand (they were close), I also fitted a cutting blade. His version had a pin. I thought about fitting a pin also with it’s set screw hidden behind the blade but decided against it. So I want to acknowledge and say a thank you to Dominic.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#8 posted 416 days ago

That is a sweet gage.

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

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-- 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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#10 posted 416 days ago

Absolutely amazing. This one is over the top.

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#11 posted 416 days ago

Beautiful! This is such a sweet gauge in so many respects.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 416 days ago

Well designed and executed, Jim. Metalworking and woodworking skills both on display.

-- "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 416 days ago

This a really nice gauge, well done, hats off on this one.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#14 posted 416 days ago

Totally outstanding!!! Looks better than anything from Bridge City Toolworks. Definitely top notch.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#15 posted 416 days ago

Being fortunate to be the recipient of this gauge I can agree with all of these positive comments. It is a beauty to look at and works fantastic! Thanks Jim!

Did you use your milling machine to inlay the brass oval in the rosewood?

How is the next one coming along?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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