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  • #129534
    Matt McGrane
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    I got the idea for this type of marking gauge from Richard Maguire of “The English Woodworker”. The beam is locked in place with a wedge, so the stock has two mortises – one for the beam and an angled one for the wedge. The main mortise was first drilled with brace and 13/16″ bit, then chiseled to the gauged lines. The angled mortise was a little tricky, but careful marking and chiseling made it OK.

    This thing is a beast – I probably made it a little larger than they are typically made. I just didn’t know any better. The beam is 7/8″ square and about 9″ long. The stock is 1 1/8″ thick, 4″ tall and about 3″ wide. The wedge is 5/16″ thick, approx 1/2″ wide and 3 1/2″ long.

    I used an ordinary nail (don’t know what kind) for the pin. I cut off the head, chucked it into a drill and sharpened it on sandpaper and diamond stones. I don’t know if this helped or hurt (don’t know the properties of steel used for mails), but I heat treated the nail to harden it.

    Finished with three coats of shellac, each rubbed with steel wool after drying. The stock was given a coat of wax so that it will slide well on a board. The wedge locks the beam quite solidly in the stock.

    Not sure what wood it is – got is from dismantling a chair that was destined for the landfill. Comments and critiques are encouraged.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

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    #129538
    Salko Safic
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    I like it MAtt great job, making your own tools is definitely the best way to go. Who knows maybe you might end up becoming a tool maker.

    https://journeymansjournel.wordpress.com
    The Lost Scrolls of HANDWORK
    (Hand tool only woodworking magazine)

    #129540
    jude
    Participant

    Looking good, Matt.

    judekenny.wordpress.com

    Near Chicago, USA

    #129541
    dborn
    Participant

    Looks good!

    Wood is probably from a rubber tree.. I have a dinning room table and chairs made from that type of wood. At one time when a rubber trees were done producing sap, they would just burn them. Until someone figured out you edge glue and finger joint the lumber into wider and longer boards.

    #129559
    David Perrott
    Participant

    I saw that. I have some basswood that I have been meaning to make one. I was going to make the beam square, like yours, I think his was curved on on side. I have to dumb it done!

    #129567
    Derek Long
    Participant

    Nice!

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #129576
    Peter George
    Participant

    Very nice Matt.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    #129586

    Looks good Matt, told you he is good.

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.

    #129592
    wadepatton
    Participant

    I just made this one. Guessing at it. Made a lot of mistakes. It’ll work and I can make a better one next time. Walnut and White Oak, from firewood.

    WP scribe1

    #129593
    Marilyn Moreno
    Participant

    Matt,
    Gauge looks great. I looked up the English woodworker site and saved the blog for this. It’s now on my “to make” list.

    Marilyn - Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania - USA

    #129597
    sodbuster
    Participant

    Nice work. From the grain flecks on the stem I am pretty confident it is made of beech. Ikea uses a lot of that wood, and our friend Paul highlighted in the plane-making video that beech is the classic wood for toolmaking. I would say you made out like a bandit with your upcycled chair.

    #129602
    Matt McGrane
    Participant

    Thanks everybody. I think I’ll get a lot of use out of this gauge. Would still like to make a mortising gauge, but have to figure out how to make one sliding and lockable pin.



    @wadepatton
    – Wade, your gauge looks nice, too. I’m jealous of people who have that kind of lumber for firewood. Great upcycle.



    @sodbuster
    – You may be right about beech. Someone else suggested that, too. The old wooden planes that I have (made of beech) are so much darker, but several decades of use and aging will probably do that.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #129619
    dborn
    Participant

    Fwiw here is a picture of rubber tree lumber.. Looks surprisingly close to beech.

    http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/rubberwood/

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    #129632
    Sandy
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    It looks pretty good to me. I like the marking gauge a little on the heavy side. I made a panel gauge some time back out of a piece of Mulberry from the firewood pile. It was a little green and it developed some cracks after it sat for a while. I reach for it before reaching for the factory made one that I have. It’s just more fun to use knowing I made it

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #129634
    kevinjames
    Participant

    Looks awesome! I tried my hand at one a while back The pin was the marking needle that comes in the end of a lot of combination squares. It started to come loose on me after awhile. I wasn’t sure how to rememdy it so I ended up scrapping it. Have you run into that issue? I’d like to make version 2.o

    Thanks for sharing,
    Kevin

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