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Marking Gauge & Marking Knife

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Project by RPhillips posted 07-11-2013 05:10 PM 1499 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since deciding to venture into woodworking, I decided that I want to make as many of my tools as I could, hoping to learn as I go. This is my second project since joining Lumberjocks. I’ve spent many years using power tools and doing general construction type carpentry, so I have some knowledge of the basic fundamentals, but still have so much to learn.

The marking gauge is made from a piece of recovered Oak that I have left over from my last project. I still haven’t decided on how to secure it yet, either a wedge like I’ve seen on Japanese style gauges or I’ll inlay a piece of brass in the top and use a knurled screw. Not sure how Oak will do with holding threads. I guess this still somewhat a work in progress, although it does function as it is. I may also change the cutting blade to a fit on the end. I am currently using an old Jigsaw blade, which I think need to be re-worked to a blunter angle.

The Marking Knife was made from an old chisel I found in one of my tool boxes. I was looking around for something to make a marking knife from when I ran cross an old chisel buried in the bottom of an old tool box still packed up from our big move two years ago. I was planning to make a wooden handle for it, but as I was grinding down on my bench grinder I decided to just leave the tang in tact and shape it up a bit. It’s a little short, but it will work just fine for now. The finish is still a bit flawed too, but I ran out of sandpaper before I could finish fully lapping it, so I just hit it with the Dremel and a little rouge and called it done.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...





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CL810

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#1 posted 07-11-2013 10:04 PM

Rob, that’s some solid workmanship with the marking gauge. The fit of the mortise looks tight. And the style/look will hold up forever.

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

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#2 posted 07-11-2013 10:06 PM

nice work!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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RPhillips

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#3 posted 07-11-2013 10:31 PM

Thanks guys.

CL – yeah the fit is nice and tight, to the point that I held off on putting in the wedge. If I decide not to inlay a piece of brass and use a screw to secure it, I’ll just wait for it to develop a little slop before I install the wedge.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#4 posted 07-11-2013 11:23 PM

Nice work. Tapping oak will work just fine for your marking gauge.

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

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#5 posted 07-12-2013 12:43 AM

Thanks, good to know.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#6 posted 07-13-2013 11:22 PM

Nice job. I am also in the process of making some marking guages. I hope you don’t mind if I steal some ideas from you… I like how you used a wedge for the pin. What did you make your pin from?

-- Ward, Ottawa ON

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#7 posted 07-14-2013 01:17 AM

the pin is actually an old Bosch Jig Saw blade. One of the thick ones. I have it installed with the point up since my son thought it was a Sword and just had to pick it up.

Not sure of it’s current angle, but i think I need to re-make another one on much less of an angle. I still might change the entire configuration and go with a blade attached flush on the end. Something like a half inch to three quarter inch square blade with a screw through the center. I’ll get it all figure out once I actually buy some wood and get a few projects rolling so I can actually use it.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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