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.
A few observations... I love the weight of it... it feels substantial in your hand... not flimsy. Secondly, I LOVE the flat edge so it’s not rolling around/off your bench. I hadn’t noticed that when I bought it, but a pleasant surprise feature. And lastly, the thumb wheel is a nice, easy to use size. It locks it very tightly without much effort. Overall nice machining, finish, and quality. Nicely done Rob... now just get the Mortise attachment back in stock... lol!
Jake, I was a little disappointed in the finish of the cutting wheels. They had a lot of machine marks. I polished them out with 16k Shapton. I wish I had taken a pic of the cutters with the machine marks, The dovetail saw and tape measure are fine, Paul
Works as advertised. Much better than the one it replaced
I really like the weight of it .
Rob aways finds a way to exceed expectations. Just as with his classes this marking gauge is a step above everything else in my workshop. Fast shipping, tremendous communicator and Outstanding products! Thanks!