Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Picking up on one point
Response To:
Clarification ()

Wiley Horne--So. Calif.
"I wonder, for straight lines, if a marking gauge that holds a cutter could not be used for cutting troughs."

Yes. You need a 'tooth' shape. Here's one, a gift from Konrad Sauer, that he adapted from Garrett Hack, made out of a piece of saw plate:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/78661951@N07/8063422865/in/album-72157631713450111/

The only thing to note is that this tooth has to be square and sharp--it takes preparation. Every face polish-honed, the four side faces and the bottom face also. You start the cut by tilting it at about a 30-40 degree angle to the work, then bring it more upright once the sides are cleanly scored. It makes a very clean cut.

Wiley

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