There are two main problems
with a typical marking gauge: you have to tilt it just right to avoid
pin chatter and, even then, the pin tends to follow the wood grain,
throwing off your line. Our wheel marking gauges solve both problems.
The hardened steel wheel cutter scribes perfectly at any point of its
circumference. Since it cuts wood fibers rather than tears, it marks
cleanly, even on cross grain. The wheel's single sided bevel also pulls
the gauge face against the stock, maintaining accuracy. Its cutting edge
is at the extreme end of the rod, useful for transferring dimensions
such as tenon shoulder and mortise depth. The wheel retracts into the
face of the gauge for storage and protection. The gauges are very easy
to set, since each has an internal O-ring to keep light but constant
friction on the rod.
Our standard marking gauge is a great workhorse and excellent value. Due
to the number of requests for a micro-adjust feature, we developed a
second model with a slightly longer body fitted with a two-stage collet
to allow fine adjustment of the cutting wheel. The collet has a
fine-pitch thread; one revolution advances or retracts the wheel 1/32 in, a
half turn 1/64 in, a quarter turn 1/128 in, etc. The knurled thumbscrew
then locks the setting.
Standard and micro-adjust gauges are available with either a plain rod,
or with an Imperial or metric graduated rod. The rod of the Imperial
gauge is graduated to 6" in 16ths; the metric version has graduations to
150mm. Very comfortable gauges to use.
Patented. Made in Canada.