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Offline Birdhunter

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Veritas Marking Gauge
« on: August 19, 2018, 04:08 PM »
I received my Veritas Micro Adjust marking gauge and had a chance to try it out today.

The two features I especially like are the larger face (than prior Veritas products) and the way the micro adjust works.

The face is shaped like an almost flat tire, larger at the bottom than at the top. This shape makes excellent contact with the work surface.

The micro adjust is done by loosening a knob at the back end of the gauge and turning a knurled knob to move the marking wheel in and out. Once set, the knurled knob is tightened to secure the position.

The tool has a pleasing heft and feels good in the hand.
Birdhunter

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Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2018, 04:18 PM »
That marking gauge is a pure joy to use (like most Veritas products).  I really like the solid feel and balance yet it isn't too heavy.  I've had one for years and it stays sharp for a long time.  Enjoy it.

Did you get the graduated model or the unmarked shaft?
« Last Edit: August 19, 2018, 04:27 PM by Dick Mahany »

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2018, 07:31 PM »
I think he was referring to this one that came out this year or so:

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=75849&cat=1,42936

The older model can be upgraded by replacing the gauge rod.

Around the same time (?), Veritas also released an improved version of its wonder dog:

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=74622&cat=1,41637

Both are indispensable for my hand work.
« Last Edit: August 19, 2018, 07:35 PM by ChuckM »

Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2018, 07:47 PM »
I think he was referring to this one that came out this year or so:

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=75849&cat=1,42936

The older model can be upgraded by replacing the gauge rod.

Totally missed that new version.  Looks excellent, I need to spend even more time looking through the Lee Valley catalog [big grin]

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2018, 07:52 PM »
Yes, the face on the new marking gauge is larger than on the older models and is widest at the bottom of the face.
Birdhunter

Offline RKA

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2018, 08:40 PM »
I like this one!  I’ve got the one with the centered rod in the round base, my only gripe is i want more surface area on themarking gauge.  I have a tendency to tip it over the edge. 
-Raj

Offline CirclDigital

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2018, 04:46 AM »
I also find the new version to be an improvement over the older one... having 2 comes in handy as well.

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2018, 05:06 AM »
I’m a long long term power tool woodworker just getting into hand tools. I’ve been buying a lot of stuff and determining what works and what doesn’t. The new style Veritas marking guide really works well.

In the works well category:

Bad Ax saws
LN planes, chisels, honing guide, water stones
Blue Spruce chisels
Knew coping saw
Barron dove tail magnetic guide
Veritas micro adjust marking guide
Moxon vise


I find watching videos has accelerated my learning process greatly as has this forum.
Birdhunter

Offline NL-mikkla

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2018, 09:52 AM »
Yes, this is indeed a super handy well build tool.
Just don't drop it or the marking wheel shatters easilt, this has happend to me unfortunatley.
It's an easy fix and the tool is well build so no harm to the tool it's self.
Just ordering a small part like this feels stupid

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2018, 11:54 AM »
Been there, done that.

The new marking gauge (or the anniversary gauge: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=69871&cat=1,42936,69871) has a different design that prevents the gauge from rolling.

For my old gauge, I changed the knob, and it no longer rolls off the bench (image).

Offline Rob Lee

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2018, 06:02 PM »
Been there, done that.

The new marking gauge (or the anniversary gauge: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=69871&cat=1,42936,69871) has a different design that prevents the gauge from rolling.

For my old gauge, I changed the knob, and it no longer rolls off the bench (image).


Hmmm ...we're just about to start celebrating the completion of our 40th year.....just sayin'..... [wink]

Cheers -

Rob

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2018, 07:59 PM »
Snipe


Hmmm ...we're just about to start celebrating the completion of our 40th year.....just sayin'..... [wink]

Cheers -

Rob

They say you can never have enough clamps; for me, I can never have enough wheel marking gauges. I would be more than happy to add the fourth (or 40th anniversary?!) wheel gauge to my collection. [big grin]

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2018, 07:24 AM »
@Rob Lee
Hmmm ...we're just about to start celebrating the completion of our 40th year.....just sayin'..... [wink]

Cheers -

Rob

More give away?  [tongue]

Q: Can you use two of those micro rods


on the dual gauge
« Last Edit: August 21, 2018, 07:26 AM by Mario Turcot »
Mario

Offline Rob Lee

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2018, 09:58 AM »
Hi Mario -

You could use one - but not two. Rods are too close together, and will not bypass each other...

Cheers -

Rob

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2018, 11:54 AM »
Thanks Rob  [smile]

By the way, thanks for your new pet policy... I bring my dog to the store each time I go on a weekend. He loves the threats! [censored]
« Last Edit: August 23, 2018, 06:33 AM by Mario Turcot »
Mario

Offline Rob Lee

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2018, 08:02 PM »
Thanks Rob  [smile]

By the way, thanks for your new pet policy... I bring my dog to the store each time I go on a weekend. He loves the threats!

I hope you mean treats.....we try not to threaten....!  [eek]

Cheers -

Rob
(and I hope you find treats too... [big grin] )

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2018, 08:03 PM »
 [eek] yes treats
Mario

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2018, 01:57 PM »
Hi Rob,

Having read your Customer Letter in the new Woodworking Catalog for 2018/2019 (http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/OnlineCatalog.aspx?id=a57bea7c), now I know what kind of a new marking gauge I will be getting!

By the way, I also own this stainless steel marking gauge: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=64313&cat=1,42936,64313




« Last Edit: August 22, 2018, 02:21 PM by ChuckM »

Offline Rob Lee

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2018, 08:42 AM »
Hi Mario -

The SS single gauge from the 35th anniversary is the one I use the most....I'm looking forward to the double as well! Part are running through the shop right now.....

Cheers -

Rob

Offline Joe Felchlin

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2018, 09:19 AM »
I’ve always been happy using my Glen Drake Tite-Mark gauges.
https://www.glen-drake.com/
But, this Veritas Marking Gauge might tempt me to add another.
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Offline WillAdams

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2018, 08:56 AM »
By the way, I also own this stainless steel marking gauge: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=64313&cat=1,42936,64313

I have that one as well, and have been really pleased w/ it, but I mostly do very small-scale work, for which it is well-suited. My one reservation/concern is if I need two different settings which are similar enough to be confused --- I always try to make all marks w/ one, zero it out, then switch to the other.

Offline derekcohen

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Re: Veritas Marking Gauge
« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2018, 09:37 PM »
Hi Mario -

The SS single gauge from the 35th anniversary is the one I use the most....I'm looking forward to the double as well! Part are running through the shop right now.....

Cheers -

Rob

Hi Rob

Great to see you here!

Yep, that's my favourite as well. I grabbed a couple when they were offered, and did my best to alert others to the bargain they are. I love the simplicity of the design. They have "presence" in the hand and balance well. Easy to adjust with finger tips.



The new adjustable gauge borrows the offset fence, which is versatile.

What I really like about a wheel gauge is that one can set the depth by "dropping the blade" ...



Japanese gauges with L-shaped blades can also do this.

Tip for all: keep the wheel cutters sharp for best results. Remove and hone by running the face on a fine diamond stone.

Regards from Perth

Derek