Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by woodbutcher, 12 Aug 2017.
A #55 is the real beauty. I do have one and have used it, admittedly not used it a lot.
I fiddled about a bit with some scrap (oak and beech) over the weekend, and made myself some marking gauges. I tried a few different things, but what they all have in common is a new locking mechanism which allows setting and adjustment to be done with just one hand. This can be important in various situations. Anyway, here they are:
The end-grain of the dowels is to act in place of the brass wear strips on your typical commercial version.
I've learnt enough from these to adjust here and there before I make some jigs to aid the process of doing a batch for christmas presents. Whilst these are all marking gauges, I have a cutting version on the bench at the moment, and I've sketches done for a mortise gauge too.
Very pretty ! Making tools is so much more appealing than making actual end product. My, sadly now lapsed, engineering projects were mostly more tools rather than engines or trains. One day I'll get another lathe
No, no. I love making the end product. This tool making thing is a combination of christmas presents, and as a result of only having a few hours in my workshop (ie not enough time to do anything substantial). I've got some really major projects coming up.
Operation "Sort Out That Mess Or I Will Leave It Out For The Dustmen" is now complete.
My 7 working bikes all hung up and easily accesible. The 8th can just be glimpsed in bits hanging up at the rear of the shot.
Almost finished motorbike is in there too, and there's room for the Mad Max when I start stripping that later this year.
So all in all a good couple of days work.
I built this from scratch.
Lovely work. I have a couple of pls who are heritage architects and I bombarded them with the pix of your magnificent bridle joints. Such a beast is very uncommon in Australia where the vernacular is often expressed in a twitch of eight gauge fencing wire.
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