anybody have an idea where i should start with marking guage

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Forum topic by Tbarksdale posted 04-25-2013 07:51 PM 1430 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-25-2013 07:51 PM

Want to buy a decent marking gauge, so many choices, what’s the best for your money?

-- Tbarksdale Cullman Alabama

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#1 posted 04-25-2013 08:02 PM

The believe the best wheel marking gauge is the Glen-Drake Tite-Mark Marking Gauge. I love mine. I added a Lie-Nielsen link for it since the Glen-Drake website wasn’t behaving properly. You will also fall in love with the Glen-Drake hammers. These American made tools are definitely family heirlooms.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 08:08 PM

I like the Japanese style. They can be used as cutting
gauges as well. I “rip” small wood up to about 3/8” thick
with mine. It’s very useful for making narrow strips in
thin stock.

You can make them yourself. They are not complicated.

Most people don’t like the pin style gauges these days,
but I buy them when I see one for a couple of dollars
because sometimes it can be useful to have several
gauges you can leave set up for specific things.

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#3 posted 04-25-2013 08:35 PM

I bought one of those “inexpensive” ones that go on sale for less than $10. It took work to get it working correctly. The blade spun so it didn’t score the wood worth a darn. The blade “looked” sharp but when marking wood, it crushed the wood more than it cut it when making the mark. So, after fixing these two issues, it works much better but I will be upgrading to a better gauge like the Glen-Drake in the future.

I did find that because the brass part is circular, it did have a tendency to roll on my workbench. Luckily it didn’t fall off. So, I ‘modified it’ by filing a flat spot on the outer circle so it will only roll so far before stopping.

SO, I would recommend spending a little more on a quality marking gauge if you are going to get one like Triumph recommended. Don’t get a cheapie unless you want to work on it a little to get it working the best it can.

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#4 posted 04-25-2013 08:43 PM,42936

Probably not quite as great as the Title-Mark, but probably the best overall value. Very high quality, has the no-roll flat. Stainless steel is nice, and I think a better choice than the regular brass and aluminum version.

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#5 posted 04-26-2013 01:12 AM

Hey guys there are a lot of free plans you can find by googling. They are easy to make

-- Ron in Kokomo

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#6 posted 04-27-2013 03:39 AM

thanks for all your input and direction

-- Tbarksdale Cullman Alabama

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#7 posted 04-27-2013 04:41 PM

I would never pay more than $10 for a marking gauge. They are very simple tools that anyone can make and then have the pride and bragging rights to boot. Those fancy Lee Valley tools may look great, sitting in a display case, but they don’t work any better than a home made one. I don’t think guys like Krenov or Stickley would bother with those expensive toys.

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#8 posted 04-27-2013 04:51 PM

The Glen Drake Titemark is well worth the investment.


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#9 posted 04-30-2013 08:45 PM

Hamilton tools :
they make some wonderful and gorgeous wooden marking gauges…
I have a 4” and love it.
I also have a Veritas marking gauge that is similar to the Titemark—it is also good but somehow I like the feel of the Hamilton better.

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#10 posted 04-30-2013 09:39 PM

I have started to use a mechanical pencil with a H4 lead. This used with a good square scores most wood just like a scoring knive. Love it.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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