Simple Marking Guage

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Hi all,

For this sundays project, I wanted to do something I kinda have been putting off – A marking guage.

Before jumping into the project I made a quick sketch of what I wanted to end up with… and it’s basically just five pieces of wood that will be glued together. the trick is to have the same dimensions on all of the them, becuase it will allow for a good fit for the gauge stick.

sketch-up of Marking Guage

sketch-up of Marking Guage


ripped european white oak

ripped european white oak

Sourcing the wood

I had some small piece of european white oak laying around, that were about dry enough to make a product from. I made the plans a fews years ago when I were trimming some trees. I saved the longest pieces and cut them up on my bandsaw – Let’s just say was the first attempt at sawing this way for me, and the cuts were quite bad 🙂 The pieces were left to airdry in my old workshop, until ready for use. My bandsaw was running with the out of factory blade, which didn’t do much good. Often the saw would slow down due to being bugged down in the wet wood. Besides that this was also before I bought the Alaskan Mill, which would have made this a very difference challenge – and probably a bit easier for me.

Another option for wood is also to go get half a board of hardwood from your local wood mongor.





Making the parts

I picked one of the pieces that matched my needs, and started planing it down. First jointing it to get two square sides and then I planned the third in the thicknesser of my planer. Even though it’s a quite cheap jointer planer I have, the wood came out quite alright on the surface – but setting up the fence was much more problematic than I hoped for 🙂

After having the piece straight I ripped it in three sticks on my table saw, turning out three sticks of similar dimensions. When ripping some of the tension in the sticks were released. but fortunately not enough to ruin the pieces.

Planed Oak piece

Rough cuts

Rough cuts











The glue up was quiet simple. First alle the four pieces are laid out and then aligned. See slider below. For glue I used a standard carpenters glue – it will do just fine for this purpose.

Final Product

Finally I installed a screw from an old Ikea cabinet. To make it go in I predrilled a pilot hole, and then slowly turned in the screw just enough to poke through on the other side.

A quick test showed it was quite easy to use, the gauge bar runs semi tight which is good, and the point is easy to adjust. A small fun project to pass an hour or two on a sunday.



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