Marking Gauge

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Project by walnutcase78 posted 08-22-2013 03:05 AM 2688 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After looking and looking for the right marking gauge, I decided to attempt to build my own. These are pictures of what I came up with. I used multiple sources of inspiration, but mostly an old Wood Magazine. The woods are Apple (I think) and Maple. the metal is Brass. Dimensions are… Head: 4” wide by 3” Tall by 7/8” Thick, Bar: 1”ish wide by 9” long by 1/2” thick with 1/4” round-overs. The hole is sized to match to the best of my ability. The function is fairly smooth. I have yet to mount the blade, but plan on getting a round cutting blade about 3/4” to 1/2” diameter and attach it directly to the bars brass end plate with a screw for easy removal and replacement. Hope you like and comments are welcomed. Bradley

-- Bradley

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#1 posted 08-22-2013 03:07 AM

Really nice job!

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#2 posted 08-22-2013 03:15 AM

Very pretty. I’m sure you will get years of use out of it.

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#3 posted 08-22-2013 03:54 AM

Very nicely done—that is one fine looking marking gauge.

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#4 posted 08-22-2013 08:15 AM

Great looking tool. well done….

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#5 posted 08-22-2013 02:19 PM

I made a similar one and had trouble with alignment of the tube thru the gauge.
I like others which use a long straight channel to hold the tube
I also had trougle holding the knob onto the brass rail
My thought only
yours looks nice, and I hope you have years of successwith yours.
TNX For sharing.

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#6 posted 08-22-2013 03:14 PM

Looks pretty darn good to me.

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#7 posted 08-22-2013 03:37 PM

Very nice looking gauge.

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#8 posted 08-22-2013 03:52 PM

This is a real nice addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 08-22-2013 05:01 PM

Excellent work Bradley. I’ve seen this type of gauge with a #11 xacto blade for slicing veneer to make inlay strips in addition to being a marking gauge.

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#10 posted 08-22-2013 08:32 PM

Very nice work. Really like the mixture of woods with the brass.

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#11 posted 08-23-2013 03:00 AM

Beautiful job! I especially like the contrast of the woods and the brass. I’m not sure what you plan on using for your cutting-edge, but a thought might be the small disks in a glass cutter, or, if you want a bigger disk, Fiscars sells a replacement paper cutter blade about an inch in diameter and very sharp.
You can get them here:

Or here:

Let us know when you finish it.

-- Measure twice and cut once, after you sharpen your pencil!

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