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Project by mafe posted 12-28-2013 05:46 PM 3747 views 58 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Board center gauge
brass version

This is a gauge I have seen boat builders use to mark center on both sides of boards when splitting them in half.
The grooves will serve as a guide or the saw cut.
After making one in wood, I wanted one to match my hardwood and brass gauges.
(This was made February 2011, just never posted).
Read more in the blog: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/39123

Pictures:
1. The gauge in use.
2. Materials.
3. Shaping.
4. The pin goes up and down.
5. The gauge.
6. The gauge.

Happy newyear to all of you.


Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.





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Schwieb

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#1 posted 12-28-2013 06:04 PM

I just love the look of darker wood against polished brass. Nice work Mads, as always.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Boris

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#2 posted 12-28-2013 06:19 PM

That looks pretty handy.
Regards

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Don W

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#3 posted 12-28-2013 06:22 PM

excellent Mads. One of these is on my to-do list.

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

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Handtooler

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#4 posted 12-28-2013 06:22 PM

Grrrrrr8. What a wonderful build. I’ve seen ‘em before but never dared to build one.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#5 posted 12-28-2013 07:29 PM

By far the nicest center marker I have seen. Great work Mads!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Philip

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#6 posted 12-28-2013 08:05 PM

That is amazing. Fine looking tool. Happy New year friend!

-- I never finish anyth

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#7 posted 12-28-2013 08:20 PM

Good looking tool, Mads. And handy too. Great job.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 12-28-2013 08:27 PM

Great gage, Mads. I’ll have to make one. It looks like a very handy gage to have to exact center lines. I may make a couple- one for wider boards, too. Thanks for the idea. my friend!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Eric in central Florida

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#9 posted 12-28-2013 08:56 PM

Mine probably works as well as yours Mads, but it sure isn’t as pretty ! :)
Well done my friend.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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TheOldTimer

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#10 posted 12-28-2013 10:16 PM

It is a absolute pleasure to view that type of work, a real treasure. I hope I can duplicate it in my shop.

As previously stated, A Great Job.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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CL810

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#11 posted 12-28-2013 10:44 PM

Beautiful!

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

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shipwright

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#12 posted 12-28-2013 11:38 PM

That is just a beauty Mads. I love it.
There is another version of that tool that draws two lines. It is used to lay out cutting or planing lines on a tapered square stick (mast) to get a perfect tapered octagon. I make them up for the job and throw them away but they sure don’t look as pretty as yours, just a couple of pencils and a couple of nails in a strip of plywood.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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madts

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#13 posted 12-28-2013 11:45 PM

Yes Paul I have also used those guys for building masts. Just a simple net idea to make your work easier.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#14 posted 12-28-2013 11:56 PM

Well done!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#15 posted 12-29-2013 12:48 AM

Beautiful tool Mads!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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