Marking Gage Question

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Forum topic by DaveBaker posted 01-08-2012 10:43 PM 1171 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2012 10:43 PM

I am making a marking Gage and Everything is done except the cutter. What do you folks use for the blade? I have read of people using nails, Welding rod, Tool steel, etc. I have nails, drill bits I can cut off, Sheet stock (unsure how I can cut it and leave a clean flat edge). I like the idea of sheet stock but not sure how to cut a slot to insert it.

Any help suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 01-08-2012 10:55 PM

Try cutting a larger square hole with a wedge to hold the blade. Also, see thewoodwhisperer’s recent post on marking gauges, it is quite informative.

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 11:31 PM

I did what Ben suggested and the blade was fashioned from an old jigsaw blade.

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 12:12 AM

I have considered the wedge and may use that, I just wanted to know what other ideas there are out there. I like the idea of the jig saw blade Don, that’s a great idea to reuse something that otherwise would have been thrown out.

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 01:15 AM

I used a nail in mine, though if I’d had a jig saw blade on hand, I might have used that. However, I whipped this one together out of scrap and a dowel because I needed a marking guage right then. While the make-do Scandahoovian in me is pretty proud of making a funtional tool in fifteen minutes, it is certainly not a piece for the ages. After about thirty strikes, I can already tell my soft box nail is dull.

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#5 posted 01-09-2012 01:30 AM

Dave, I made one marking gauge and a panel marking gauge and I used jigsaw blade pieces on both of them for blades. I cut pieces off some brass stock to make the wedges for them, but you could just as easily use wood ones also. See my projects to look at how they turned out. There is a little detail in them on how to make the blades. If you need more detail, I can lay it all out for you.

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