Rob Cosman's Marking Gauge
The second most important tool in cutting dovetails is your marking gauge. The gauge line becomes part of the finished joint. Here is why I think my marking gauge will help you cut better dovetails:
The blade comes to you sharpened; designed to sever the wood fibers not crush them, leaving a crisp gauge line.
The blade is fixed in use but can be rotated to a sharper area when it gets dull. You can do this several times before having to resharpen.
Has a flat section on the brass head preventing the gauge from rolling off of your bench.
The face of the head is dead flat, making for precise work.
Has a large knurled locking knob that is easy to tighten.
Comes standard with the 1/2" diameter cutter head.
Extra cutter heads available in 3/8", 7/16", and 5/8" diameters.
Click HERE to go to the marking gauge cutter head product page.
The handle is crafted form the same Ebony Swanstone composite material as our saw handles.
Other species of wood handled marking gauges are occasionally available in limited manufacturing runs. You can see these limited edition marking gauges by clicking HERE.
Very high quality product. Well worth the money!
I had used a homemade guage with an Xacto blade for some time, which always flexed a bit and was hard to get precise with. This guage takes a little getting used to, but keeping it sharp on stones makes it cut great and straight. It also doesn't roll around on my bench like others did, and the screw tightens down well and stays tight. Def worth the extra cost, I'll be using this for a long time.
I'm an obsessive researcher and reviewer of hand tools. This thing is it! It's the last word on fine marking gauges with a price point that is lower than what it is worth. A real gift for the craft!
I’ve only been using Rob's marking gauge for about a week but it feels perfectly balanced, like it is a natural extension of my hand. On top of its functionality I love the fit and finish!