Simple Marking Guage




Introduction: Simple Marking Guage

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Rough oak pieces from a cut off branch. Resawn at the time when the branch was cut off and left to dry in the workshop for a couple of years.

Step 1: Preparing Wood

planed down to size and ready for slicing on the table saw.

Step 2: PIeces for the Marking Guage

All the pieces are same width and height.

Using the marking bar as template the panel is assembled and glued at a tight fit, where the bar barely can move.

Step 3: Finished Guage

Inserting the pin for the makring a hole was predrilled and a small nail was driven through, to make the tip.

Filing the tip to a sharp point is recommended!

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    6 years ago

    Nicely made!

    I made a similar gadget, although much smaller (and not particular nice, but hey, it's purpose of making parallel markings is what counts for me), with a hardened tip through a (square) chopstick, a 12x12x30mm pine block with a cut out slightly less the chopstick in height and a small slab of acrylic with two 3mm machine screws in 2.4mm holes to tighten the chopstick.

    If you're going to use it on wood, you might consider making a lead- or pencil holder in the end away from the nail.

    Have a nice day :)


    Reply 6 years ago


    Thank you for the comment - I will take some of the leftovers and make a bar where a pencil fits through!

    I just wanted to share a couple of points. When scribing on wood, the point of a steel tip will go dull much later than a pencil and and make a much more definitive marking. Secondly it will also make a line which your hand tools will follow when cutting. Had I attached a blade, making a knife wall would have been possible.




    Reply 6 years ago


    Yes, I fully agree on the temporary nature of a pencil, compared to a sharp pointed bit of whatever, but sometimes you need that (at least I do), for markings used for other things than cutting. I used a 2mm piece of spring steel for the point (press fitted), to be able to use a 2mm lead mine if/when need arises.

    I attached some pics of the one I made (for small stuff).