Shopmade Cutting Gauge
Build your own and get better joints from the start, with cleaner, more accurate layout lines
Synopsis: One of the best tools for a precise layout line—and as a result, accurate joinery—is a cutting gauge. This shopmade version has a single-bevel knife for a blade, a large and comfortable fence, and a round beam that locks securely and doesn’t move during use.
Accurate joinery is a matter of cutting to a line but not beyond it. So it’s necessary to begin with precise layout. One of the best tools for this is a cutting gauge. This precision tool severs the fibers on the surface of the board, creating a clean, deep, and well-defined layout line that is easy to see.
The design I prefer is one by my friend Will Neptune, who made his while a student at North Bennet Street School in Boston. It has a good single-bevel knife for a blade, a large and comfortable fence, and a round beam.…