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Fleet of marking gauges (2013 Tool Swap)

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Project by JayT posted 294 days ago 1899 views 8 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a whole fighter wing of marking gauges when constructing the ones for the tool swap. The design is loosely based on David Barron's mini marking gauge. I did email David before using the design and he graciously gave permission to do so. The thing I like most is that it is very compact (about 3 inches each dimension) and fits easily in one hand. Woods used included curly bubinga, bloodwood, macacauba, pear and mineral streaked silver maple. The pear and maple were salvaged from my smoking wood pile and most of the rest was scrap from other projects.

The second picture is the two that were sent to shampeon as part of the swap. You can see that there are two different blade designs. One is made from a heavy bimetal recip blade. The harder cobalt steel is still at the tip, so it should stay sharp for a long time—if not, it can be resharpened several times. The other blade is ground from a pipe tubing cutter replacement wheel and has four cutting points so when one gets dull, the blade can be rotated to a sharp one.

The last pics are close-ups of the gauges. The two with maple fences and the brass wear strips in pic 3 were test runs for the swap design. Those two, as well as the maple and bubinga one in the last photo were kept in my shop for use—they either had design flaws or an error in building so that I wouldn’t feel right giving them to someone else. The remaining gauges have been or are going to be given out as thank you gifts to woodworkers that do demonstrations in the stores where I work.

-- "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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Don W

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#1 posted 294 days ago

holy cow!!! Talk about a production line. Very nicely done.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#2 posted 294 days ago

Nice family there. They kind of remind me of airplanes sitting there all together like that.

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#3 posted 294 days ago

Good idea JayT.

They look great.

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bondogaposis

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#4 posted 294 days ago

A really nice squadron of gauges.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 294 days ago

Pretty cool man.

-- Red -- “I ain't as good as I'm gonna get....but I'm better than I used to be."

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#6 posted 294 days ago

very nice, all the nice gauges im seeing makes me wish i had joined in

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

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#7 posted 294 days ago

nice!

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#8 posted 294 days ago

Yep, they do resemble airplanes in the group shot!

Nice work, JayT. I personally like a small gauge since it fits in the hand so nicely.

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

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#9 posted 294 days ago

very nice group

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JayT

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#10 posted 294 days ago

Thanks guys.

A few more pics for reference and comparison.

Disassembled to show the parts. The brass machine screw threads are tapped right into the fence section, while the blade screw is threaded into an aluminum insert that was glued into the beam with PU glue. One of the ways I challenged myself was to build the gauge using parts and pieces all purchased at the local hardware store.

Size comparison. Shown next to the traditional gauge I received from Don Broussard and a typical 8in try square.

And finally, how it fits in the hand for easy use.

-- "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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#11 posted 294 days ago

very nice!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 294 days ago

Very well done JayT

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#13 posted 293 days ago

I wish sometimes that the LJ site had a “Like” button. I’m running out of superlatives to write in the comments on all these superb postings of marking gauges. Spectacular, JayT!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#14 posted 293 days ago

Excellent Jay, I may have to make some similar to these at some point. I like the idea of having a few smaller gauges around

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#15 posted 293 days ago

Take the blades off and put some propellers on those. You could do dogfight simulations! Great work. I like the size.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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