Marking Gauge

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Marking Gauge

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Synonyms: DE: Streichmaß
Type: marking tool
Material: wood and engineered woods
Location: Lukas' workbench
Access Requirements: ask nicely ;-)


A marking gauge is used to scribe a line that is parallel to the workpiece's edge. That is often useful to transfer the center line of a hidden piece for suitable screw positions or the depth of cuts for various joinery techniques, for example.

simple self-made marking gauge (screw in wood)

A quick and dirty marking gauge can be made from a sharp-edged screw and a piece of scrap wood (see photo on the left). The distance from the guiding edge can then be adjusted by turning the screw. [1]