Marking Guage for Ripthorn - Swap 2013

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Project by Mosquito posted 07-01-2013 12:16 AM 1355 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the marking gauge that I made for the 2013 Marking Gauge Swap. This one got sent off to Ripthorn. I had to figure out who my recipient was by first and last name (differed from their screen name). Then looked through his projects, and decided this would be a perfect theme for me to run with :-)

It is curly maple for half of the body, and red oak on the other side. The wedge is red oak as well. The beam is part of a dowel that I received when I was order plain hard maple dowels. I was going to use them to make screws, but couldn’t use that beautiful curly maple dowel as a screw blank… The blade is actually a guitar pick made from steel that I bought. I purchased 3, mangled one, then sharpened up the other two and sent them with the gauge.

Finish is 2 coats of dewaxed shellac with transtint vintage maple to bring out the grain (1/8 cup of shellac with 3 drops of dye). Then a few coats of water based poly.

Here’s a post from Ripthorn with a picture of it at its new home

Hopefully the blades will hold up decently well… They may have to be hardened, I’m not sure…

Thanks for checking it out :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 12:17 AM

Now this one has a great uniqueness, but also an extreme cool factor. Great gauge.

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 12:21 AM

The unique factor is off the charts.

2 cool Mos!

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 12:23 AM

Mos for the win on cool factor and personalization for his recipient. Totally awesome design and well executed.

-- "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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#4 posted 07-01-2013 12:25 AM

Amazing Mos, and so thoughtful to research what Ripthorn might like. This one is really creative.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 12:27 AM

You certainly hit a “high note” with this one!!!
Off the Billboard charts!!!
You made “Form & Function” harmonize!!!

Enough, that is just AWESOME!!!

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

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 12:31 AM

rock and roll!! A steel guitar pick? Must be country, steel guitar?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 12:32 AM

Love it. Definitely personalized. One of a kind for sure

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 12:35 AM

I love it.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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

Such a cool touch. Outstanding man. You rock Mos.

-- ~Tony

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

Very original….it’s cool you did the research first. Turned out great.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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

+1 to what every one above said, way cool

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#12 posted 07-01-2013 01:10 AM

Yep, Mos for the win on researching his recip…and making the coolest gauge!
Hey, Brian, use any blade on it while woodworking, keep that pick for the looks…

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

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#13 posted 07-01-2013 01:54 AM

You win the prize for thinking outside of the box. Great creativity! Really cool man.

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

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#14 posted 07-01-2013 02:18 AM

That is Bad Ass! I love it!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#15 posted 07-01-2013 02:51 AM

This is so awesome. I love how the neck is also the wedge to set the gauge. Absolutely wonderful work here.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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