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Marking Gauge (Wheel Style)

Glen-Drake Toolworks - Marking Gauge (Wheel Style)

The Tite-Mark combination marking gauge features a micro-adjustable fence and is available in two lengths.

$79 (7 in. long); 89 (9 in. long) (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 Tite-Mark wheel-style marking gauge has an easy-to-see cutter that sliced cleanly, regardless of the grain direction, and the cutting wheel can be honed easily without removing it from the tool. This was one of my favorites.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Glen-Drake Toolworks
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 707-961-1569
Blade Style Wheel
Maximum Marking Reach N/A


Please see my remarks under the Glen-Drake Mortice Gauge.This tool is impeccably built and a work of art. It is solid, accurate, dependable, and has "presence!"The ability to slice wood without following the grain is outstanding and the ease in changing blades is excellent. Some of the design features are the ability to secure the cutter inside the main body when not in use, the ability to fine tune the positioning of the cutter, and the thoughtful touch to design the body so it does not roll off the workbench.This too is solid and a joy to handle. Kudos to the Glen-Drake company to build such an awesome tool!

This gauge is very well made and finished. The micro adjustment works very well.

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