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Marking Guage for Ripthorn - Swap 2013

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Project by Mosquito posted 425 days ago 1030 views 2 times favorited 22 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
http://lumberjocks.com/replies/658642

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 - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 425 days ago

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

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 425 days ago

The unique factor is off the charts.

2 cool Mos!

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JayT

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#3 posted 425 days ago

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

-- "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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#4 posted 425 days ago

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

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 425 days ago

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 procratination a bad thing?

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Don W

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#6 posted 425 days ago

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

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

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#7 posted 425 days ago

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

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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Dave

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#8 posted 425 days ago

I love it.
Really!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#9 posted 425 days ago

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

-- ~Tony

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JL7

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#10 posted 425 days ago

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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stan3443

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#11 posted 425 days ago

+1 to what every one above said, way cool

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#12 posted 425 days ago

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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Mauricio

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#13 posted 425 days ago

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 425 days ago

That is Bad Ass! I love it!

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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#15 posted 425 days ago

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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