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.
Quality is excellent. Heavy weight. Cutter is very sharp, produces clean sharp lines. I’m very satisfied.
It has a nice heft to it which helps control the tool which scribing. The cutter is very sharp and smooth. Not necessary, but I like that the handle matches my Rob Cosman dovetail saw. This is a great addition to my tool kit and I plan on buying a second one in the future.
Not only does it perform well, but looks great, and feels great in use.
The gauge is crafted well , the wheel came very sharp,the large locking knob makes for an easy set and the flat edge is a nice practical enhancement