|Project by palaswood||posted 09-26-2013 07:11 PM||1439 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I had just installed my vise into my bench, and I was anxious to use it. Plus I need a marking guage so I jumped right into this little project.
As I always do, I rushed it and am not satisfied with the result, but this is a trial run. If I used good wood, I’ll never finish it because I’m too new to know how to do it right and I’m afraid to ruin the nice hardwood, so I have been just going headfirst using scrap pine lately, and its been working for me. At least I am making something instead of just stockpiling materials.
Cut in half a piece of old, scrap pine (from some reclaimed source or another), then stuck it in my new vise and planed it flat.
Sanded it smooth & rounded the corners a tad.
Then it went back into the vise for some chiseling. This was a learning experience to say the least. I had to deal with gnarly tearout, so give me your suggestions on avoiding that on the backside when chiseling, please.
After checking periodically with the arm, I got a snug fit for the mortise.
I drilled a small hole then tapped that hole for the screw. I couldnt find anything in the thumb screw area at the time, so I just used a regular old screw.
The arm is made from another piece of scrap pine, i snapped it on a knot, then sanded it down
The cutter is a piece of scrap metal that i really didnt grind enough or sharpen well, but since this is a trial run, and I wont really be using this guage (considering how it turned out), I just put it in there so I could call it done and hit the sack (well past 2 am at this point, having worked all night on installing that vise). I think the cutter is actually aluminum lol, so this thing is more a prototype than an actual tool.
But I learned my lessons and now I feel comfortable making a decent, usable gauge out of hardwood that I can actually put to good use.
I learned what not to do more than anything, and to take my time and plan every detail out before I make the first cut.
Suggestions on technique are appreciated. I could use advice on avoiding tear out on the back of the workpiece while chiseling a mortise.
-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram