Making Marking Gauges
Let’s face it marking gauges are not flashy, cost very little and after the piece of furniture is produced, there is little evidence or much thought given to what part the marking tools played in its production.
But in my opinion, one of the most important tools used by woodworkers, and the one that I reach for in most of my projects, is the humble marking gauge.
Gauges come in all types, cost, shapes and sizes: the cutting gauge, mortise gauge, panel gauge and marking gauge. But regardless of the type, they are an essential tool in the hand of a woodworker. In my experience, after the initial dimensioning, little of my work is actually measured – Instead, I gauge dimensions and joinery more often than not off the work itself. A marking gauge precisely locates the baseline of dovetails, the location of a mortise.
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