Gauge for the Marking Gauge Swap

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Project by RaggedKerf posted 414 days ago 835 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here’s the gauge I made for the 2013 marking gauge swap. I laminated blocks of maple and walnut with thin resawn (by hand lol) strips of walnut on the top and bottom. The arm is a maple. The wedge is walnut. I used a threaded insert and thumbscrew along with an embedded piece of brass inside the fence to lock the arm down.

It was a lot of fun to build but pales in comparison to the work the rest of the participants created!!! If you want to see all the gory details and a lot more pictures, see my blog here.

I had a hard time letting it go but man, what I got in return more than makes up for it. There’s some pictures of the gauge I received from terryR on the blog as well, which is just gorgeous!!!

One thing I learned with this project: don’t carve letters in walnut. Use a stamp.

-- Steve

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#1 posted 414 days ago

Sure is a nice looking marking gauge.

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#2 posted 414 days ago

Pretty & effective, what more is needed? Good job.

-- "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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#3 posted 414 days ago

Another excellent gauge.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 414 days ago

Thanks guys, I had a blast building it and learned way more in a shorter period of time than I’ve learned probably in the last six months of tinkering and building other stuff. This was a real challenge and I can’t wait for the next one!

-- Steve

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#5 posted 414 days ago

Pretty cool Steve, how did the curved face work out?

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

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#6 posted 414 days ago

Mauricio—-Thanks! To your question, the face is actually flat, it’s just curved at the end for finger comfort…it is a little less than “normal” I guess but it seemed to work just fine when I was testing it! This way, the user can flip it and still have a comfortable grip, either left or right handed (and the thumbscrew remains on the top…though, now I’m not sure why that is supposed to matter).

-- Steve

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#7 posted 413 days ago

great job

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#8 posted 413 days ago

Great job, really a nice gauge.

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#9 posted 413 days ago

This came out really nice. I like the contrast in the wood you used and the shape of the wedge is really cool.

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#10 posted 413 days ago

Nice work

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#11 posted 413 days ago

Thanks everyone!

-- Steve

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#12 posted 412 days ago

Very nice, Steve. Love the wood choice!

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

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