Marking Gauge for Gaugeswap

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Project by Mauricio posted 06-30-2013 10:16 PM 2205 views 6 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my marking gauge for the gauge swap. It went to GatorJim so it has a great new home.

I liked it so much that I made myself one. However, I kept the test piece; I sent Jim the second one that came out better.

My goal was to make a gauge that had the best features of gauges that I liked while still having classic good looks.

The triangular post takes out any slop when locked down. Also the wedge design secures the post very firmly while still being easy to set with one hand. The post shape also gives you maximum visibility of the pin which makes setting and using it easier.

The cutter is O1 steel that I hardened after shaping into a curved cutter. I didn’t temper the pin so it will hold its edge longer but it will need to be sharpened with a diamond hone.

The wood is African mahogany which is nice but a little soft which is why I added the brass wear strips. The grooves for the strips were cut with my Stanley 45.

It is almost entirely made with hand tools except for a band saw which I used to rough cut the parts.

The finish is whip on poly followed by dark was.

Below are some of the process photos.

Thanks for looking. Questions and comments are welcome.


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

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 10:19 PM

yeah #45! Looks great Mauricio. I really like the embellishments on the wedge

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#2 posted 06-30-2013 10:20 PM

Nice pair Maricio. I like the triangular beam with the pin as it allows one to tilt the gauge to drag the pin at an angle.

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

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#3 posted 06-30-2013 10:25 PM

Great gauges. I like the wedges a lot

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 06-30-2013 10:38 PM

Nicely done, Mauricio. Great way of combining ideas into one very useful tool.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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Don W

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#5 posted 06-30-2013 10:44 PM

well done Mauricio.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 06-30-2013 10:53 PM

Looks great Mauricio, like the style and wood tone.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#7 posted 06-30-2013 10:54 PM

Awesome job, Mauricio!
Great design with clean execution.

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

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#8 posted 06-30-2013 11:00 PM

Great gauges Mauricio!

I really like the triangular beams, very classic.

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#9 posted 06-30-2013 11:12 PM

Very nice work.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#10 posted 06-30-2013 11:50 PM

Luvly Jubly. I like the triangular post. Great idea and well executed.

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

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#11 posted 06-30-2013 11:53 PM

They turned out great. As mentioned, the triangular post is cool. A fine gauge, in deed.

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

Those look great Maur. A really classic and functional design.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#13 posted 07-01-2013 12:19 AM

Popped that beauty right into my “Favorites” box. I too like the triangular post and the wedge hold down feature. Nice hand work Mauricio.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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

Very nicely done and most attractive.

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

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Don Broussard

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#15 posted 07-01-2013 12:43 AM

Well done. The one I made used the captive wedge as well, but I like the way you treated the edges of the beam wedge. I really like the triangular beam. I almost used a semicircular bottom on mine, but I ended up with a standard rectangular beam. I might try one of the triangular beams too. Thanks for posting a fine project!

-- 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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