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Forum topic by popmandude posted 02-13-2011 01:38 PM 1783 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2011 01:38 PM

Good mornin folks
I am looking for a wooden marking gauge for dovetail and other layout. I want the kind that uses blades as apposed to wheels, or pins. One that replacement blades are common, and easy to find. Does anyone know of such a critter?
Good day to all

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#1 posted 02-13-2011 02:42 PM

I use a Japanese kebiki.


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#2 posted 02-13-2011 03:20 PM

I took a class with Dante and this is the marking gauge he uses and I do to now.

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#3 posted 02-13-2011 07:43 PM

I have this one and it works well.

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#4 posted 02-13-2011 08:03 PM

A cut-off from a used hacksaw blade makes a good blade for a Japan
style marking gauge. Grind an edge and it stays sharp for a long time.

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#5 posted 02-13-2011 08:51 PM

Lee Valley

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#6 posted 02-13-2011 11:25 PM

Thanks for the replies. I think I like that 4” hamilton.
Loren, thanks for the tip. I’ll remember that.

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#7 posted 02-14-2011 01:08 AM

I don’t use one myself, but I might have an idea for what you could use for the marking blade. If you made yourself a marking gauge with a razor sharp scribe tool on it you would want to have a handy supply of replacement blades. My suggestion is that you use the break-off razor sections that are found on those orange razor cutter tools. They have extendable blades that are scored at about ¼” intervals. When the tip gets dull, you snap off the end and you have a sharp tool again. I use them when I wallpaper. The tip you brake off is diamond shape and would make a great marking tip for your marking gauge. Buy a couple of those orange cutters and you will have a lifetime supply of marking tips. I am sure you can figure a way to build the gauge and mount the tip though I am not sure I could.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#8 posted 02-14-2011 01:13 AM

I know the break aways you are talking about. Thanks for the idea, now ya got me thinkin.

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