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Marking Gauge

Colen Clenton - Marking Gauge

Colen Clenton’s pin-style marking gauge is made of she-oak with brass inlay and parts. These tools are handmade in Australia.

$175 (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 Colen Clenton knife-style marking gauge is beautiful tool made of rose she-oak with inlaid brass wear strips and a brass thumbscrew. It has a reversible crescent-shaped cutter with flat and beveled sides. A nearly 4-in.long fence offers plenty of bearing surface.

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Manufacturer Colen Clenton
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Its a beautiful tool, absolutely perfect. Costly but you will not be sorry.

After more than thirty years as a professional furniture maker this gauge is without a dought the best gauge I have ever used. I find it hard to believe that there could be a better gauge on the market anywhere in the world. Do your self a favour and by one.

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