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Project by terryR posted 06-30-2013 09:42 PM 1467 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the marking gauge I made for this tool swap and sent to raggedKerf.

The wood is Bubinga from the scrap bin, believe it or not, especially the beam portion which I saved from a bud’s burn pile after being used for a router practice piece numerous times. The threads for thumbscrew are simply tapped right into the oily Bubinga.

The brass wear strip for the thumbscrew was also my location for threads to hold the blade. I was unable to create a clean dado with just hand tools, so decided to simply laminate the brass between the wood. Heavy, heavy…

Blade is shop-made from O1 tool steel, heat treated, and yes…tempered. :)

I added 1/8” mosaic pins to make sure the beam doesn’t some apart for a while, and to add a little bling. Hope my new buddy raggedKerf likes the weight, and gets good use from the gauge!

Comments are always welcomed…

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





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Don W

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 09:45 PM

I’m running out of things to say. You out did yourself Terry. What a great looking gauge!!

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

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#2 posted 06-30-2013 09:51 PM

Very nice Terry. I like the idea of the brass going all the way through and the pins for security. Brilliant.
Jim

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

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Mosquito

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#3 posted 06-30-2013 10:01 PM

Awesome job terry. I like the look of the Bubinga and Brass… very nice contrast

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

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terryR

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#4 posted 06-30-2013 10:10 PM

Thanks, ya’ll.
The pins are probably overkill…but…sure are purty!

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

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 06-30-2013 10:18 PM

Very nice job for a great looking marking gauge. Brass and Bubinga make a striking combination! And, no the pins are not overkill—they set everything off in a very classy manner.

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

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GMatheson

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#6 posted 06-30-2013 10:18 PM

That’s a great looking gauge Terry. It’s great to have wood like that taking up space in your scrap bin. Looks like a pretty comfortable gauge to hold too

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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JayT

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#7 posted 06-30-2013 10:40 PM

Great job, Terry. Beautiful and classic.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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Brit

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#8 posted 06-30-2013 11:44 PM

Loving those mosaic pins old boy. In fact you did a top job all round. Thanks for sharing.

-- 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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#9 posted 06-30-2013 11:47 PM

Now this is a fine looking gauge, well done Terry.

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Spoontaneous

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#10 posted 06-30-2013 11:52 PM

I wouldn’t know how to use one… but that sure is ‘purty’.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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bondogaposis

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#11 posted 07-01-2013 12:20 AM

I’m really loving this one. Never heard of mosaic pins before. They really add an elegant touch. Great work.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Don W

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#12 posted 07-01-2013 12:36 AM

that’s what happens when a knife maker makes a marking gauge.

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

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AnthonyReed

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#13 posted 07-01-2013 12:57 AM

Your work is always so graceful….

You are a fine craftsman possessing a very tasteful eye for aesthetics.

Great work Terry.

-- ~Tony

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terryR

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#14 posted 07-01-2013 01:00 AM

Thanks for the kind words, gang. I was afraid the mosaic pins might seem too fancy.

Just trying to cover up my lack of machining and joinery skills! :)

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

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#15 posted 07-01-2013 01:41 AM

looks great! I like the pins and the brass strip to keep the wood from denting while making it look 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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