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Wheel-Style Marking Gauge(1)

Bridge City Tool Works - Wheel-Style Marking Gauge(1)

The MG-3 marking and depth gauge from Bridge City Tool Works has a 6-in. capacity and is also available with a metric scale.

$130 (As of 10/25/2005)

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Editor's Review: Choosing Marking Tools

by Scott Gibson

review date: October 25, 2005

Marking, mortise, and combination gauges come in myriad styles and prices. What differentiates them from one another is the number and type of cutters each employs. Marking gauges have a single cutter for scribing one line at a time. Mortise gauges have two cutters and are used mostly for marking parallel lines to establish the width of a mortise. Combination gauges typically have three cutters: a single cutter on one side of the beam for use as a marking gauge and an additional pair on the other side of the beam for laying out mortises.

The wheeled-cutter gauge from Bridge City Tool Works is a sweet tool. At 2-1/8 in., the semicircular fence is longer than that on other wheeled-cutter gauges. It features Juara wood sandwiched between brass facings.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Bridge City Tool Works
Manufacturer's Web Site www.bridgecitytools.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-253-3332
Blade Style Wheel
Maximum Marking Reach N/A

I have about two dozen marking gages and enjoy using most of them. The MG-3, however, is the king of the tool cabinet. I picked it up while on a tour of the Bridge City factory several years ago. Once it was in my hand, I didn't want to let it go. It is made from rosewood and brass; heavy, solid, and beautiful. The satin-chrome rule can be precisely zeroed with a locking bezel so that it is perfectly accurate. The head is larger than most circular knife designs sold today, and steadies the knife stroke while fitting your hand very comfortably. When the mark has to be perfect, this is the tool I reach for.

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