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A HUGE THANK YOU TO MADS (MAFE)

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Blog entry by stefang posted 1125 days ago 2797 reads 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few days ago I got a package in the mail from Mads in Denmark. He had mentioned that he was going to send something, but I didn’t know it would be something like this. I was pretty amazed when I opened the box and found this fine tool!

I know most of you have seen Mads blog on this marking gauge, but if you haven’t then here are the links to the project post and a really good tutorial blog series on how to make this fabulous marking gauge.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/45851
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/series/3773
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/21942
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/21943
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/21973

Mads has blogged this gauge quite well with great photo’s, so I thought instead of just showing it to you again, you might like to see my marking gauges just to compare how Mads does things with how I do them.

The one on the left is a Japanese marking gauge with two knifes for mortise marking. I have never loved this gauge much, but maybe that says more about me than the gauge. I find it a bit clumsy, but in the hands of a better craftsman it would probably perform a lot better.

The middle one is shop made and has a knife blade made from a hacksaw. It looks clunky, but actually works pretty good. The fence and the nut to lock it into place are just threaded onto the handle.

The last one is also shop made. It works well and I have used it a lot, but the locking screw isn’t very well thought out. that said I didn’t use much time or resources on it or the other one either. The new one from Mads is so much better that I don’t think I will be needing the others longer.

But in spite of how good and versatile this gift gauge is, the biggest thrill to me was that anyone would take the time and effort required to make this wonderful tool as an expression of friendship to me. I can tell you I was (and am) pretty overwhelmed. A simple thank you doesn’t really express my gratitude and joy at receiving this gauge, so who knows, maybe Mads will get something too in the not to distant future.

THANK YOU MADS, I WILL CHERISH AND USE THIS GIFT A LOT AND IT WILL BE EVENTUALLY HANDED DOWN TO A YOUNGER WOODWORKER IN THE FAMILY!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.



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Stormin

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#1 posted 1125 days ago

What a great gift there are some awesome people on this site. It makes me proud to be a member.

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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MyChipCarving

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#2 posted 1125 days ago

Very kind and generous of you, Mads!
nice looking tool.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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bigike

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#3 posted 1125 days ago

wow If only we all had a good friend like that, nothing like free hand made tools. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#4 posted 1125 days ago

Good on you Mads.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 1125 days ago

yes Mads´s gauge is a buty but don´t count your self low from what I have seen
you ain´t bad at all to twist a peice of hardwood yourself :-)
that threaded gauge is quet clever thought out too Mike

now to the question : what is it that hang from the beam right to the gauges ? :-)

take care
Dennis

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 1125 days ago

That my friend is what’s known as a hog-nose-growler.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Div

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#7 posted 1125 days ago

Yes, our Viking friend has a heart of gold! Well done both of you!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#8 posted 1125 days ago

.. :-O ?.?.?.?.?.?
even more confused now JockMike

Dennis

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littlecope

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#9 posted 1125 days ago

Excellent on both ends, the Gifting and the Receiving…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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jockmike2

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#10 posted 1125 days ago

Mighty nice of you Mike, all I ever got was a couple high end canes from Mark DeCou and Meilie, MMH. That are worth more than my car. LOL!! I liked that bucket you made. Where do you get your iron? mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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mafe

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#11 posted 1125 days ago

Hi my dear Mike,
Some interesting gauges you made, I have for a while wished to try and thread wood, and this threaded gauge was on my ‘then to do’ list (just for pleasure). So since you have traveled that road, I am happy you had not already made one like mine.
As I said before you sure deserve it, I don’t think I can find anyone who would appreciate it more.
Making you this gauge was a pleasure to me, not only the pleasure to play with wood, bass and tools, but to think of you when you got it was a pleasure in itself.
I have had some bucket free days now, but hope soon to get to the binding, since this is the last part for me before I can use my bucket.
Thank you so much for the time and words we have shared here, and especially during the bucket project.
And yes for your kind words here.
Best thoughts to you my friend up North,
Mads
Ohhh yes and my guess on what is on the wall are router table feather boards a la Mike…

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

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mafe

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#12 posted 1125 days ago

Ohh yes and to the rest of you, thank you for the sweet words.
- and Mike, really you do not need to give me more than you have allready given me – really.

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

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#13 posted 1125 days ago

Great gestus Mafe.

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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Dave

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#14 posted 1124 days ago

That is beautiful. As a gift and a show of friendship.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 1124 days ago

Great guys here on LJ!!

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

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