Rob Cosman's Limited Edition Marking Gauge - Maple Burl #3
For the discriminating woodworker who appreciates the beauty and craftsmanship of a marking gauge crafted from unique species of select woods, I offer my Limited Edition Marking Gauge series. These marking gauges have the same design characteristics and specifications as my Rob Cosman marking gauge but the beauty of a unique wood handle
You are buying the actual marking gauge pictured on this page so you can see exactly what it looks like. Once this gauge is sold - it is gone.
The handle of this marking gauge is crafted from Bigleaf Maple, also known as Oregon Maple, (Acer Macrophyllum) trees, native to North America. Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of maple lumber is most commonly used rather than its heartwood. Sapwood color ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream color, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue. The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown. Bigleaf maple is known for its (occasional) quilted grain patterns. This burl piece has a stunningly beautiful grain pattern.
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:
Using my "drop down technique", results in accurate setting of the board thickness.
The blade comes sharp, 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 re-sharpen.
Has a large flat on the brass head preventing the gauge from rolling on your bench.
The outside of the blade is 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.
If you are looking for a less expensive option, see my Rob Cosman Marking gauge or my Cosmanized WoodRiver marking gauge.