Tag Archives: Marking Gauge

General Tools #820 Marking Gauge: A Review

I want to make one thing clear up-front: if you’re a woodworker, you should make your own marking gauges.  With only a few scraps of wood and some simple tools, you can make a functional tool in a single afternoon. … Continue reading

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It all began back in 2009 when a neighbor was having a pecan tree taken down.  I came over to watch the arborist at work, and I asked if I could have part of the trunk.  He kindly dropped a … Continue reading

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Woodworking with Children: Lots of Pictures

It’s high time I share a few more pictures of my children working (and playing) in my shop space.  The following pictures are from the previous year and a half. All four kids at the bench checking out various tools.  … Continue reading

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How to Make a Marking Gauge

Every woodworker should have a few marking gauges.  Sure, you can buy a nice one, but why buy what you can easily make for yourself?  Making your own marking gauge is a healthy exercise in detail work, and you can … Continue reading

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Get Your Marking Gauge Pins at Wal-Mart

If you make your own marking gauges, you probably need a steel pin for the cutter.  I recently discovered that I can buy good-quality marking gauge pins at Wal-Mart. Yes, at Wal-Mart. It might, in fact, be one of the … Continue reading

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How to Use a Marking Gauge

A marking gauge is a layout tool with precisely one function: it scribes a line parallel to an edge. Although some older gauges have been made with a ruler printed on the arm, it is far more accurate to merely … Continue reading

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Marking Gauges: A Developing Design and a Growing Collection

It all started so innocently.  I was just starting out working wood, and as a poor student, I could afford to buy one marking gauge.  I decided to get a marking/mortise gauge made by Crown, which still serves me well.  … Continue reading

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