|Project by Mosquito||posted 07-01-2013 12:16 AM||1503 views||2 times favorited||24 comments|
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 :-)