Marking Gauge (for the Gauge Swap)

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Project by Brandon posted 07-01-2013 09:31 PM 3057 views 5 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here’s the marking gauge I made for the current shop-made tool swap. I actually made two because I knew I’d want to keep one for myself. The gauges are made out of jatoba, which is a hard dense wood, very suitable for this purpose. Plus, jatoba often has such rich colors when given an oil finish. The design is rather basic, a dado holds the depth adjuster perpendicular to the fence and is locked in place with a brass thumbscrew. For the blades I used nickers from the Lie-Nielsen 10 1/4 plane. I considered making blades for them from a piece of steel or from hardened saw blades, but I figured with the LN nickers they can easily be replaced. Plus the quality of LN tools are not a secret. The finish is BLO and wax, if I recall correctly.

I’m pretty happy with the way the gauges turned out. I think they are well balanced in terms of size and shape. My recipient was Dave, and he had posted a photo of all the marking and panel gauges he owned, so I wanted a design that was a little different than the ones he had. I’m happy I kept one for myself because previously all I had been using was the Veritas wheel gauge. Now I have this, plus a beautiful one from 489tad, which he posted here.

Here are a few more photos I took on my phone:

I almost forgot, Dave posted a wonderful video of him opening and using the gauge:

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-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 09:45 PM

Nice, very Nice indeed.

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

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 09:46 PM

They really came out beautifully Brandon. Nice work.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 09:48 PM

Brandon, that is a really nice gauge. Very straightforward and functional gauge and a big thanks for playing swapmeister.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 09:51 PM

Nice job Brandon. Thanks again for running the swap too. Well done.

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 09:52 PM

Nice job, Brandon. And a big thank you for coordinating the swap.

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

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 10:02 PM

Great work, Brandon, on both the gauge and the swap as a whole!

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

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 10:02 PM

Most excellent work Brandon.

Nice looking grain that Jatoba

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 10:40 PM

Nice work Brandon. Similar to the one I made Jeff. By the way, nice job on running this thing. Very much appreciated.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#9 posted 07-01-2013 10:41 PM

+1 on the swap headmaster stuff.

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

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#10 posted 07-01-2013 10:48 PM

Thanks guys! I just hope everyone is happy when the swap is all done and said (there are a few gauges that have yet to be delivered). I enjoyed organizing this swap, but I’ll be happy to pass the baton on to the next guy. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#11 posted 07-01-2013 11:06 PM

Very nice, straightforward design and construction.

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

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#12 posted 07-02-2013 12:38 AM

Nice work on the gauges, Brandon. Smart of you to make two of them. I had the same thought, only “mine” isn’t finished yet.

-- 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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#13 posted 07-02-2013 12:42 AM

Also, I had hoped that one would have turned out better than the other so I could send the nicer one to Dave, but as it turned out they both have their issues.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#14 posted 07-02-2013 01:28 AM

Now I want all you folks to know I am the proud owner of and Original marking Gauge Made by Brandon.
Brandon I am happy with my new tool and you did a wonderful job on the construction.
You did a great job running the swap.
Top notch!
The only bad part of this whole thing is the wait for the reveals.
Other than that I had a great time.
And I didn’t know it had a brother. I will think of you every time I use it.
Thank you and every one that took part in this.

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

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#15 posted 07-02-2013 01:40 AM

Very Nice!

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

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