Using the Marking Gauge
Synopsis: Frank Klausz explains how to use, and why to use, a marking gauge. It’s the fastest and most accurate way he knows to lay out lines for cutting joints and to mark stock to be edged, jointed, thicknessed with a handplane, or ripped to width with a handsaw. There are several types of marking gauges, including a regular marking gauge, a mortise gauge, and a panel gauge. He explains each one’s purpose and how to use them, and then offers advice on how to mark without a gauge. Side information by Fred Palmer discusses shopmade marking gauges, and Percy Blandford talks about how to mark up large-scale layouts.
When I want to cut some dovetails or make a few mortise-andtenon joints by hand, the first tool I reach for isn’t the saw or the chisel-it’s the marking gauge. A marking gauge is the fastest and most accurate…