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Gauges

Gauges

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Cutting gauges are similar in appearance to marking gauges. Instead of the marking spur, they have a cutting spur which is suitable for cutting veneer and similar thin material.

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Marking and mortice gauges with two spurs can, in addition, scribe lines for cutting mortice and tenon joints.

On a marking and mortice gauge, the spur which is at the end of the stock (furthest away from the head) is a fixed spur and described as the marking spur while the spur which is nearest to the head is the moving spur, known as the mortice spur.

The head of a top quality gauge should be able to slide easily but firmly along the stock and requires to be a perfect fit so that it does not
become sloppy.

Top quality models have brass facing plates on the head to prevent wear and a brass slide to control the mortice spur.

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Marking gauges with a single spur are used for scribing lines on wood.