Mesquite Square, Part 5

The scratch shave is nice, but for me it is rarely used.  The item that I use all the time, is a marking gauge.   When you need a precise line marked parallel with the side of a board, this is the tool to use.

The working part is the point that sticks up at the other end.

Here are the components;

The hole in the beam has a taper on it.  The small ash dowel also has a taper.  It is drilled large, most of the way through the center.  Then a fine hole completes it.  Four slits are cut part way throung on the point, so that when the awl is pushed through the hole, the four sections expand a bit.  Then when the tapered dowel is pushed through the hole, it further compresses and holds the awl quite snugly.


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