Rob Cosman's Limited Edition Marking Gauge - Ziricote #1
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 standard 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 Ziricote (Cordia dodecandra). Grown in Central America and Mexico, it's color ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed. Ziricote has a very unique appearance, which is sometimes referred to as “spider-webbing” or “landscape” grain figure.
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 resharpen.
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 inch diameter cutter head.
Extra cutter heads available in 3/8 inch, 7/16 inch, and 5/8 inch diameters.
If you are looking for a less expensive option, you can see my "Cosmanized" WoodRiver marking gauge or my Rob Cosman Marking Gauge.