|Forum topic by groland||posted 02-14-2009 07:51 PM||5468 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
02-14-2009 07:51 PM
I have a one-pin beechwood Stanley marking gauge that has been good for me so far. However, when working with red oak, the wood is so heavily textured and visually complex, that I am finding it very hard even to see my marking gauge’s marks.
On a whim, I bought a circular marking gauge from Grizzley to see if it would work better. I was very disappointed with this tool. The little wheel that does the marking is held in with a cheesy phillips head screw. When you snug it up the marking wheel won’t turn, and when you loosen it enough to allow the wheel to turn that turning quickly loosens the screw so much that the marking wheel wobbles all over the place. I think it’s a piece of Chinese-manufactured junk! Its marks are no easier to see in the red oak than those produced by my old Stanley standby.
So I have two questions—is there a way to get a more visible mark on red oak?
Does anyone make a better wheel-based marking gauge? What do you guys recommend-use?