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    Hi everyone!
    I find myself kind if stuck with the mortise layout. I’ve realised that my gauge’s beam isn’t long enough to mark a 22mm (my nearest chisel to 3/4″) mortise hole in the center of my legs. I’ve tried to lay them out measuring but I ended up with disaligned mortises.
    I’m not in posession of a bigger one nor have the possibility of buying one I’m sure that will work.
    Any tips?

    Thanks in advance.


    PS: this is the first time I write something on the forums, it’s nice to see how everyone tries to help develop the community. I’ll try to help aswell!

    harry wheeler

    If you have a regular marking gauge, you can use that to mark one side, then reset it for the other side. You have a bunch of them to do, so mark one side first on all of the mortises, then reset and mark the other side. Just be sure to always reference the gauge off the same face. Another way is to use a combination square and your knife or an awl as if it were a marking gauge. Just set the square at the desired distance, hold it tight against the reference face, and hold the knife or awl next to the end of the scale and pull lines that way.



    Thank you so much! I’ll try it this afternoon.


    block of wood with two flathead screws will do the job, paul calls it the poor mans mortise gauge, it’s very easy to make and set up, I used one before buying my mortise gauge.


    So… Here It goes!
    My first ever mortice (notice the clamps due to splitting when I went through with the last chop ๐Ÿ˜‘).

    Many thanks to you both forma tour help ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

    P McC

    I like the mortise. Much cleaner than mine. Workbench holding up very well in spite of my mortises!

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