Stanley No. 65 Marking Gauge Brass Insert Question

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Forum topic by groland posted 09-12-2015 05:15 PM 673 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-12-2015 05:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: marking gauge fence

I just purchased a second one of these on e-Bay. I own one I bought about 40 years ago new. I am very fond of this particular design which has a 5-sided stem. The stem comes almost to a point where the scribing pin emerges, making the scribing process much more visible and controllable than with the square-bottomed, more common variety, where the scribing process is hidden under the flat bottom.
Anyway, I have noticed with many of these that the little brass insert on the fence is not well seated—that it, is a little bit proud of the wooden fence, and often not evenly proud.
I am wondering what others’ thoughts about this are. Do you think this is just an inconsistency in manufacturing or was this intentional? Is it something that ought to be remedied? If so, how does one remove the brass insert to carve a little wood out from under it to get it even with the fence?
Your thoughts sirs?

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#1 posted 09-12-2015 06:23 PM

have seen it many times, especially on pre-1900 models. I attribute it to wood shrinkage.
I have had some success carefully nailing them back down (on models where they are so fastened)

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