Marking Gauge with a couple of firsts for me

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Project by SebringDon posted 07-14-2013 06:17 PM 1788 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing all the great marking gauges that came from the swap, I figured it was time to make one of my own. Most of my work has been red oak, plywood and Kreg so far, so this was a chance for a real change of pace.

I bought a box of wood pieces not long ago, since here in south-central FL the nearest hardwood dealer is 100 miles away. Just last week on vacation, I bought a bundle of hardwood cutoffs from a luthier in Berea, KY. Finally, I had a project that I actually had enough hardwood to tackle.

I wanted to do something a little cool for this simple project, so I decided to laminate Cherry and Walnut (I think) from the luthier to make the wedge. After I got them laminated I hit the bandsaw and the oscillating sander, then cut the final two inches off to make the wedge. Not bad for my first lamination.

Since the wedge turned out OK, I picked a couple more pieces of wood for the fence and rail. Walnut for the fence, curly maple for the rail (I think, again. If I’m wrong, somebody please correct me. I’m not too good with identifying hardwood yet.)

I had to glue up two pieces of the walnut, since it wasn’t tall enough to make the fence. Then came the bandsaw and some time learning how to use chisels without cutting myself. (I’ve had three minor injuries in the shop… all three involved chisels.) First through-mortise cut by hand for me, and it’s a fairly good fit.

The final result may not be top-of-the-line work yet, (no, you can’t see the back!) but it was a great chance to stretch my skill set, and I like the single-hand operation for setting the wedge. I’ll pick up an appropriate sized- washer to sharpen and make it a wheel-type gauge when I hit the big box store tomorrow.

The finish is mineral oil and beeswax.

Thanks for looking !

-- Don

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#1 posted 07-14-2013 11:34 PM

Nicely done, looks marvelous!!!

I too, missed the swap. I think I may need to make one for myself anyway.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 07-14-2013 11:44 PM


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

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#3 posted 07-15-2013 03:26 AM

Wow, wow, wow! Stunning. If we do another gauge swap I wanna be your partner, hehe.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 07-15-2013 05:58 PM

Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#5 posted 01-25-2014 09:57 PM

I really like the wedge design, it can’t fall out while adjusting! Great blend of woods, they work off each other well

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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