Panel gauge complete

Arm is made of cherry and head is made of maple.  This was a Hand Tool School project and something I was missing.

There are a ton of mistakes here.   I’m still learning to not be so greedy with the plow plane.  Cuts that are too deep tend to blow out the sides.  The pencil holder needs fixing cuz the arm is too low to fully hold up the pencil and make it stable.  And I broke off a steel screw (that I think wasn’t really steel) that I used to pre-drive the holes for the brass screws in the head, etc. Oh and don’t polish the brass after its in the wood, it turns the wood grey.

One thing I did right was listen to Brian over at Galoototron regarding rounding out the bottom side of the arm to make it sit stable.  I used my chair maker’s scraper to make the shape on the bottom of the arm.

I think it was a fun project …

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4 Responses to Panel gauge complete

  1. I recently discovered the joy of making some of my own tools. I recently made a Roubo Try Square, which was a lot of fun. Now I have a few other tools on my list to make :).Mike

  2. Yeah! I need to make a couple of these and the 36" wooden straight edge too!

  3. Torch02 says:

    The gauge looks great. Where did you get the adjustment locking screw sitting on top?

  4. Oh, thanks for the question, I meant to post the information on the brass, the insert and the knurled knob. I got them all from McMaster Carr (http://mcmaster.com/). Specifically – 1 99362A700 Brass Self-Tapping Insert, 1/4″-20 Internal Thread, 31/64″ Length, AND 92421A542 Small Diameter Knurled-Head Thumb Screw with Shoulder, Brass, 1/4″-20 Thread, 1″ Length

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