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Forum topic by kent_michaels posted 04-06-2011 07:27 PM 18684 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-06-2011 07:27 PM

I’m looking to get my first marking gauge and wanted some opinons from you guys. My top choices are either a veritas wheel marking guage, or a crown mortise/marking gauge. Although i’ve read on some forums that the harbor freight marking guage is a good beginers tool to purchase and is basically the exact same as the crown. Thanks for any help guys.,42936

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#1 posted 04-06-2011 07:35 PM

the mortise gauges are nice, having the two cutters, but I think that in general the wheel gauges are better, they work much nicer going across the grain, because they dont tear the grain the way the little pin does on a mortise gauge. If you can get a mortise gauge with the blade style cutter, that should work well( I have never used one, but seen them). woodcraft has a less expensive wheel marking gauge the veritas is certainly a bit nicer, but either is a good tool to start, and a mortise gauge will be a good addition down the line if you find that you ar marking a lot of double lines for mortises, tennons, dadoes, etc.

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#2 posted 04-06-2011 07:37 PM

a marking gauge is a layout tool,and should be quality if you want to do quality work
I recommend

what I use

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#3 posted 04-06-2011 08:34 PM

I’m not wild about the gauges with the pins. I prefer the style with
a knife. I have a bunch of marking and mortise gauges – they can
be left setup for a particular joint you make several times on a piece,
so it’s worth buying old ones when you find them at flee markets
and such.

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#4 posted 04-06-2011 08:58 PM

I have one of these from Lee Valley.

I prefer the Japanese kebiki. Here’s two from Lee Valley.

Here’s where I generally order Japanese tools: Japan Woodworker.

-- 温故知新

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#5 posted 04-06-2011 09:04 PM

I have been happy with this one from Rockler. I doubt that it’s “the best”, but still a solid performer.

-- Greg D.

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#6 posted 04-06-2011 09:14 PM

Now don’t get me wrong here, I’m not a HF hater. I have lots of their stuff and I’m satisfied with the vast majority of it. So with that said….....

The HF mortise gauge I bought was 1000% crap. The beam was warped, and even if it weren’t, the mortise that the beam rides in was drilled at a 10* angle. I’ll definitely be hesitent to buy something like that online again.

I bought a rockler wheel/cutting gauge when they were marked down to $7.50, and am happy with it. However, I’ll probably upgrade to the Veritas wheel gauge at some point. The Veritas looks to be a few notches up from the rockler in terms of quality and performance.

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#7 posted 07-10-2013 03:38 AM

I have the Veritas wheel and like it.. however after seeing the ones produced for the gauge swap I will be making my own as well.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#8 posted 07-11-2013 12:03 AM

The Hamilton Marking Gauges are the best I have seen and used with great quality at a fare price.

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