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Measuring and Marking Tools of Your Dreams

by Stephenw
posted 12-21-2012 12:07 AM


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#1 posted 12-21-2012 12:18 AM

Nice… I have an old one like that “somewhere” in my shop. I’ll hafta dig it up and see if it has any identifying markings on it.

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#2 posted 12-21-2012 01:02 AM

Yes, the unsung heros of the woodworking shop for sure….... I will get a nice pic of some of the oldies I have as well…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#3 posted 12-21-2012 01:11 AM

These are my two favorites, but I don’t think they would pass as antiques yet.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#4 posted 12-21-2012 05:00 AM

My most used tools.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.

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#5 posted 12-21-2012 05:09 AM

I’d like a marking square with pencil holes at 23, 32, 37, 69, 78.5,
81.5mm… and other dimensions relevant to 32mm cabinetmaking
standards.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#6 posted 12-21-2012 11:20 PM

Here is a marking gauge I made for myself that doubles as a compass.

Compass mode:

Fits comfortably in my hand:

The “exploded” view:

Showing the underside:

-- http://www.benchtopwoodworkingtools.com

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#7 posted 12-21-2012 11:30 PM

I love my Woodpeckers 6” wrap square! It has .07 mm holes every 1/32 in the center of the body. Put a .07 mm mechanical pencil in a hole and draw a line that exact distance from the edge. 6 ” long by 3/4” down the side of the board lets you mark around corners. One of those ” one time tools ” they make. One peice of machined aluminum , it fits in your apron or pocket nicely.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#8 posted 01-03-2013 06:36 PM

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#9 posted 01-03-2013 06:38 PM

You stole that from Andy?

-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 01-03-2013 06:41 PM

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#11 posted 01-03-2013 06:44 PM

-- ~Tony

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#12 posted 01-03-2013 06:51 PM

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 01-03-2013 06:54 PM

Beautiful work Robert. Your marking gauge is exquisite.

-- ~Tony

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#14 posted 01-03-2013 06:56 PM

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#15 posted 01-03-2013 07:00 PM

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#16 posted 01-03-2013 07:07 PM

Beading tool (not measuring or marking) made by LJ Apprentice:

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#17 posted 01-03-2013 07:08 PM

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#18 posted 01-03-2013 07:09 PM

I love the simplicity of the wedge arm on marking/panel guages.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#19 posted 01-03-2013 07:13 PM

Not my make, but handmade; my pride and joy is the purchase of this rosewood panel gauge. Someone slid an ivory or bone dovetail piece in it, and the head is held by sliding, oblong wing pieces that wedge in to hold it steady. I don’t do big panel work, but I love this tool!

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#20 posted 01-03-2013 07:28 PM

DANG IT !! now i gotta find some nice marking gauges.

Love that vintage starret combi square.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#21 posted 01-03-2013 08:00 PM

My dream marking tool has been my Starrett 12” combo square. Had it on the Xmas list a couple years back, I would probably be too cheap to pony up the necessary cash for one for myself But, they are pretty sweet. I think Brandon W made a nice awl from a kit he got from Czeck Edge? if memory serves me. That may be within my short grasp, but maybe not…does anyone sell just the blade that could be used for a marking knife? I cant see myself grinding/creating one past the 1st grade level.

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#22 posted 01-03-2013 08:02 PM

Hock is one place Shane.

-- ~Tony

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#23 posted 01-03-2013 08:11 PM

Barb that is a beautiful gauge!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#24 posted 01-03-2013 08:39 PM

Czeck Edge has a knife kit for $20 that has the blade, a ferrule, and a couple of point guards.

I am a nut for measuring and marking tools. I have way too many of them.

My go to is my Starrett 12” combo square. Got it used on Ebay with the protractor head for $40. Wonderful tool. I have a 4” double square I bought new from Lee Valley. Always in my pocket when not in my hand.

I got the 6” square one time tool from Woodpeckers. Very handy, very nice, incredibly accurate square. Machined from a single piece of aluminum – not two pieces fastened together.

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#25 posted 01-03-2013 08:41 PM

I am now a proud Owner

Sorry Guys I just had to Gloat

Mitutoyo – Garage Sale for 20

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#26 posted 01-03-2013 08:52 PM

Nice!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#27 posted 01-03-2013 08:53 PM

I was going to suggest Japan Woodworker for the marking knife blades, but then found out that they were sold to Woodcraft and closed down their retail store in Alameda? Uggh.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#28 posted 01-03-2013 09:20 PM

Wow Robert, that looks great.

Some day I’d like to make my own marking knife…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#29 posted 01-03-2013 10:02 PM

Ready for the marking knife swap?

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#30 posted 01-03-2013 10:04 PM

Soooo, Andy wants to make a pencil?

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#31 posted 01-03-2013 10:07 PM

Don – It is the pencil of my dreams because I’ve never found one yet that draws such straight lines.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#32 posted 01-03-2013 10:09 PM

straight lines are over rated.

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

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#33 posted 01-03-2013 10:31 PM

Major gloat DaddyZ, that’s a fine Mitutoyo you have there, congrats.

:)

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#34 posted 01-03-2013 10:50 PM

LOL… Uh, Ya, Hey, Uh dont mind us, were going to bombard your thread and stuff.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#35 posted 01-03-2013 11:09 PM

I now understand your comment Hog :-)

EDIT:
By the way, I’d be in for a marking knife swap :-D

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#36 posted 01-04-2013 12:46 AM

Marking knife swap? or was that
marring wife swap? hmmm…

Love the designs so far here…just bought a pair of pfeil marking knives that need handles…more eye candy, please.

:)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#37 posted 01-04-2013 01:42 AM

Up for the marking knife swap, wife swap I’ll have to think about; could be good but stuffing her in a flat rate box to save on shipping will put me in the dog house for certain. Have some ideas that I’ve been working on and have a junked set of dewalt planer blades for the purpose.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#38 posted 01-04-2013 01:43 AM

I know I’ve put quite a bit of thought into this… I’d certainly love to have the sorts of precision-alignment tools that machinists use, the various dial indicators and so forth… on the cheaper end, I’ve had a bit of fun with cheap laser pointers. You need to get creative, but with a camera tripod and a few clamps you can do a lot of useful “tests.” Someday I’m gonna hook a laser up to a motor, maybe a gyroscope, get it spinning, and play around with that…

Back in school I studied ancient mathematics a bit, learned a bit about ancient surveying techniques, and how they’d put up a building. Amazing the precision that’s possible with the simplest tools in the right hands. When I was doing construction, (of the modern variety) the guy I worked for showed me how to lay out a whole kitchen with nothing more than plumb bobs, tacks, and strings cut to length (I regret to report that I never got the hang of it, but it sure worked for him).

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#39 posted 01-04-2013 02:13 AM

Here a simple marking knife I made a few years ago. I used some 1/16” O1 tool steel that I got from McMaster Carr. It is very easy to shape with a hack saw and file. I rough sharpened w/ a file and then hardened the knife end by heating it to cherry red w/ a mapp gas torch and quenched it in canola oil. I then tempered it in a 400°F oven for 2 hours. When cool I did the final sharpening and polishing. I then assembled it to the wood scales using 1/8” brass rod. It is a very straight forward process and not hard at all for someone like me w/ very little knowledge of how to work w/ metal. The knife works great and I use it all of the time.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#40 posted 01-04-2013 02:22 AM

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.

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#41 posted 01-04-2013 03:46 AM

So I see that we have ambushed this thread…good work!

Is this where we post stuff for the marking knife swap?? I’m in, and I owe at least 3 people in addition to whoever I draw for the swap, so let the games begin!

I hope everyone likes a good Exacto Knife…

-- Jason K

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#42 posted 01-04-2013 03:46 AM

What model is your incra miter fence?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#43 posted 01-04-2013 04:00 AM

I’m in for the marking knife swap.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#44 posted 01-04-2013 07:23 AM

Marking knife swap would be a blast. BTW, old reciprocating (Sawzall) blades make great marking knife blades

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#45 posted 01-04-2013 01:12 PM

Jason think old bull / young bull. A good premeditated delayed gift is what you meant…lol

Edited that to what.

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#46 posted 01-04-2013 01:23 PM

premeditated delayed gift.

I got nothing!

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#47 posted 01-04-2013 01:45 PM

I would be up for a marking knife swap. I use HCS jigsaw blades for mine and they work quite well.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#48 posted 01-04-2013 02:11 PM

Don thats because its supposed to completely supprise.And its delayed,I think.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#49 posted 01-04-2013 02:21 PM

Just to be clear, the swap, at least how I understood it, is not limited to marking knives. It can be a marking gauge, knife, panel gauge, awl, etc… Am I right?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#50 posted 01-04-2013 02:26 PM

Sounds like Mauricio is in Charge to Me !!! ;)

I would be in for a swap !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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