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Forum topic by woodgu posted 11-27-2010 03:49 PM 3811 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2010 03:49 PM

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I was talking with someone recently about replacing the marking pin of a marking gauge. Ultimatley, we decided it would be easier just to buy another gauge. However, I am still curious. I spent about an hour or so on the web to seek out the answer and have yet to find one.

If I purchased an antique marking gauge and wished to replace the marking pin….how do I?

Please shed you insight and experience on me. This is really bugging me. Okay, I will admit this posting reveals my need to grow personally.

Thank you for your help.

-- Phil G

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 06:37 AM

I don’t know, but I would be inclined to file it off flush and drill a tiny pilot and put a new one in. Is that a good guess gurus??? Now you got me curious :-))

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

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 08:13 PM

A nail works. Nails are easy to cut and shape but they don’t
hold much of an edge. That’s okay for a marking gage.

A shank from broken drill works too. Drill steel is quite hard
(and a little brittle so be careful when working it) but will
hold a pretty good point.

In furnituremaking it’s hard to have too many gage on hand –
you can leave them set up for different joints you need to
do lots of times. So – to my way of thinking it’s worth picking
up extra gages when you find them cheaply and also worth
replacing missing pins.

I prefer Japanese style marking gages which use a blade rather
than a pin. I have and use both styles though, usually whatever
is handy and the right size for the work. You can make your
own Japan-style gages easily enough. I’ve used a piece of
hacksaw blade for the cutter, but a piece of broken bandsaw
blade would be good too.

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 08:57 PM

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