A poor man's cutting gauge or suji-kebiki [筋罫引き]. It uses the stock and bolt from a regular western pin marking gauge. A rounded-square carbide bit is used as the blade.< Back to Main Page
In my woodworking I have been using a traditional pin-style marking gauge;
I wanted to change to a japanese-style marking gauge with a wedge and a blade rather than a pin. This is following on from the previous tool and jigs I have made to suit a Japanese work style;
The cost of Japanese marking gauge was about $40AUD at the cheapest. This was a significant purchase as the only real difference was the type of cutting implement. It became apparent that simply sticking the blade into the same rod as the original pin-style gauge would yield similar results.
After considering wheel marking gauges; I realised carbide blades from my wood-turning tools could create a cutting gauge with the parts from the original.
The carbide blades were too small for the original block of the pin marking gauge, so a dowel was created on the lathe to suit the blade. A diameter of 11mm worked best. A hole was drilled for the blade screw and it was simply attached to the end of the dowel. The opening was too large for the dowel, so a wedge was added for support in the block. The main dowel was chosen to be 200mm long.
There are problems with alignment due to use of a dowel instead of a block, but they are minimal. The gauge is functional and creates a clean mark. The small dowel makes more of the original stock available, providing better support when cutting. There is no doubt an actual wheel marking gauge or suji-kebiki would work better, however, considering this was free, it works more than well enough.