Cheating on my edges

No surprise, I have favorite tools.  This is one of them.  Its a Stanley No. 386 Jointer Gauge or Fence that I got off of eBay.

Some might think this is cheating, but I love it.  It positions my hands perfectly and makes jointing a edge a ton of  fun.  I don’t have to be obsessive about checking my edges and it helps me move my jack or jointer plane with easy. Most importantly, it gets a square edge ever time.

It also works nicely on end grain.

The only bad news is that its kinda hard to find and collectors like them, which can make them expensive.  If you’re willing to take one that missing a knob or otherwise not in perfect, but working condition, you can save some money.





Here’s where I found a few other options.
Hyperkitten – Center of the Table
ST. JAMES BAY TOOL CO. – under new products.
Fine Tool Journal

3 thoughts on “Cheating on my edges”

  1. Hey, anything that gives you a better overall product isn't cheating, it's just good practice. I've been keeping my eyes open to a good bargain on a jointer gauge with no luck, however. I think Derek Cohen over at may have a tutorial for making a gauge using a fence and rare earth magnets. It may be worth a look.

  2. Yes, I've used one using rare earth magnets and it works, but the outside knob on the 386 really makes the gauge work really well for me. Mostly by putting my hands in the right place (training wheels!). :o) Others will might want keep the dollars and use the less expensive fence.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: