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.
Tool works as well as is intended to. If you follow Rob and see how he works, his tools are like the quality of his work..... excellent!!!
Excellently made quality tool works just great Pure quality and worth the expense.
Nice tool quality built. Works great can’t wait for the mortise attachment to get back in stock, so I can order. Excellent tools.
As expected, this is a very well built tool. It is very sturdy and keeps the blade held securely. It’s also easy to hold if you have old hands with limited grip.
I wish I would have found this marking gauge to begin with. I've purchased a couple different ones from Woodcraft and Lee Valley over the year, but this one stands above them all. Don't waste your money shopping around, this one will leave you completely satisfied and it's well worth the money. Feels more solid in your hand, and does an excellent job marking projects.