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.
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.