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Project by Hammerthumb posted 392 days ago 1495 views 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the marking gauge I made for Jeff. Below is the letter I included in the package. I wanted to try to make something a little different than the rest of the participants. Little did I know, everone made something a little different for this swap. What a great bunch of tools has come out of this event! I hope the letter explains the gauge well enough. Enjoy!

Jeff,

Here is the marking gauge that I made for you. I hope you enjoy it. The gauge is made of Ipe (very dense wood) with a couple of maple racing stripes on the beam. It has an Ipe turned knob to tighten the beam. It also has an 01 steel cutter. I struggled with the design as I wanted to make a gauge that was slightly unusual but very effective. My first design was with a mortise for the beam but found that the material I chose is not very conducive to mortises. I spent more time sharpening chisels than actually chopping. The Ipe would fold over the edge of the chisel after a couple of blows. I figured that the material was just too hard, so instead of changing the material I changed the design. I actually like this design better.
If you remove the adjustment knob and beam, you will see a brass bar embedded into the gauge body. It is ½” x 1/2” x 3-1/4” long. If you look carefully when assembled, the beam does not sit on the gauge body, but rests upon the brass bar. The brass bar rides inside the channel cut into the beam. This should eliminate any wear to the gauge body when used. The other advantage this has is the fit of the brass inside the channel virtually eliminates any side to side movement of the beam. I used the gauge on a few test pieces and found that when adjusting and tightening, the knob will not change the position of where you set the gauge. The movement of the beam is slick and easy to adjust. I also embedded a piece of brass on the face as a wear plate although I think the toughness of the Ipe will not show wear for many years. But it looks cool also! I really like this design and have started another to keep in my shop.
The business end of the beam features a relief in the end that fits a 3/8” x 1/16” blade. The blade is held in place with an 8-32 brass screw that treads into a piece of 3/8” round brass stock that was drilled, tapped, and glued into the end of the beam. The gauge has been finished since mid May but I was not satisfied with the blade. I finally found some 01 steel and shaped the new blade and heat treated it. It works much better than the first blade I made and am glad I did not ship it prior to making this change.
Finally, I finished the gauge with a bath of Danish oil and then 2 coats of wax. This is the way I like to finish hand tools as the finish is easy to repair and maintain.

I hope you don’t mind that I stamped the bottom of the gauge with HT for HammerThumb. At least you will always be able to remember where it came from.

Good luck and happy wood working.

Paul

-- Paul, Las Vegas





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Don W

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#1 posted 392 days ago

an excellent gauge Paul. I really like the design.

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

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JayT

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#2 posted 392 days ago

Beautiful job, Hammerthumb. I can’t believe you had the patience to do all that fine work with ipe.

-- "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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ShaneA

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#3 posted 392 days ago

Clean looking gauge. Very well done sir.

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JSilverman

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#4 posted 392 days ago

nice gauge. I really like the brass for the beam idea.

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Mauricio

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#5 posted 392 days ago

Excellent gauge HT!

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

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Sanding2day

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#6 posted 392 days ago

Great looking gauge!! Love the wood selection and brass rails etc. Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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Hammerthumb

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#7 posted 392 days ago

What? Nobody commented on the maple racing stripes? Thanks guys for the kind words. I really liked this project and all of the fine work it turned out.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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bondogaposis

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#8 posted 392 days ago

This a really nice gauge, very clean lines wonderful design. Love it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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CL810

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#9 posted 392 days ago

Most excellent work HT. And I do like the maple trim,er, racing strips!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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GenerationWW

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#10 posted 392 days ago

Fancy! it looks great.

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ www.generationwoodworks.com for free!

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HillbillyShooter

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#11 posted 392 days ago

Very classy design in an understated way! Excellent use of brass in a minimal manner, but just the right amount to provide needed wear protection in all the right places. Overall, an impressive build, especially the use of Ipe.

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

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Woodbridge

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#12 posted 392 days ago

nice looking gauge.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Jeff82780

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#13 posted 391 days ago

I am one lucky person!

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Hammerthumb

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#14 posted 391 days ago

Thanks guys. And thanks Clayton for the comment on the racing stripes!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#15 posted 390 days ago

Nice design and awesome workmanship, Paul.

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

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