Poll – Marking Gauges

Marking Gauges PollThose of us that do hand-tool woodworking to any extent are intimately familiar with the marking gauge.  This little gadget allows measurements to be transferred accurately and repeatably time after time without the need to use a rule.  Once set, it doesn’t change.

This post was prompted by a comment that Todd Clippinger made on Twitter concerning his current stable of 15 (yes, FIFTEEN) routers.  He said that, once a bit was installed and adjusted, he often would not move it until the end of the project, thus necessitating several routers.  It occurred to me that marking gauges are used the same way.  A gauge is generally set once, and not changed until all joints requiring that setting have been marked.

So, how many marking gauges do you have?


6 responses to “Poll – Marking Gauges

  1. Which one of those models is your favorite?

    • I’m partial to the two homemade ones that look like something Batman would use. They’re based on the Hamilton marking gauge, and combine a wide fence with a low profile.

      Robert Pridgen

  2. If you’re going to include ‘cutting’ gauges with knife-like cutting edges and also pencil and panel gauges then, I’ve already lost count of the number of gauges I own!! 😀

    I did buy one of those Veritas/Lee Valley wheel gauges (purchased out of sheer curiosity) but, I’ve never gotten around to using it, as I’m still very comfortable with the simple, traditional wooden ones (and, when you need multiples, they’re cheap).

    Todd mentions the router but also, if you’re going to hand-cut a stack of lapped or blind dovetails then, you also really need at least three gauges in order to maintain your settings (at least, that’s the way I’ve been taught, anyway…).


  3. Hey Robert,
    That is some good looking gauges you have there.

    Jeff Hamilton (maker of the Hamilton Gauge)

    • Yeah! Great design, eh? (wonder where it came from?). Seriously, I’m glad you noticed. Your design is the best I’ve seen so far. Mine are a little cruder, but were made with scrap white oak and a bolt and wing nut from the box store – no brass strip.. You’ve definitely got the edge on fit and finish! (BTW, I DID give you a plug in one of the comments). Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Hey thanks for the plug. I will have a traditional marking gauge and a panel gauge out by spring and hopefully the mortice gauge that is based off the 6″ hamilton gauge at the same time.
    Have a very Happy Holiday season
    Jeff H

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