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Offline ForumMFG

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WoodPeckers new marking guage
« on: February 13, 2020, 07:08 PM »
Does anyone else find this marking gauge to be odd and not as useful as a traditional round marking gauge like a Tite-Mark?

Couple things that bother me:

-A good portion of the cutting wheel is covered, but not sure that this matters

-The size of the fence is rather large at 3 1/2”

-No micro adjust.  Figured at this price tag, it would be included. 

-The biggest issue for me by far, is how the fastener that holds the cutting wheel in place protrudes out past the wheel instead of being flush with it.  One great feature that gauges like the Tite-Mark has is that the fastener holding the cutting wheel in place is flush with it.  You can hold a board in place on a flat surface, register the fence on the board and let the gauge beam drop down to the surface the board is resting on.  Now you know exactly how thick your board is.  Or whatever it is you want.   With this woodpeckers model, that fastener prevents you from doing that.  Am i crazy and thinking about this wrong?

I don’t know, i think they really dropped the ball on this one. 




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Offline ForumMFG

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Re: WoodPeckers new marking guage
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2020, 07:10 PM »

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Re: WoodPeckers new marking guage
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2020, 07:45 PM »
I agree with you. While I haven't used a TiteMark, I do have and use the Veritas gauge with microadjust. Often use it as a depth gauge, which this cap-head screw would prevent. The bearings look nice, but not sure they are needed. I do wax the rods on mine, tho
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Online ChuckM

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Re: WoodPeckers new marking guage
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2020, 08:27 PM »
The fence is that large because the tool also doubles as a panel gauge, or perhaps, the marking gauge was an after thought (?) since the panel gauge is nowhere near as common as a marking gauge from a sales point of view. Another sales-oriented rather than problem-solving effort on the part of WP, if you ask me.


Offline threesixright

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Re: WoodPeckers new marking guage
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2020, 04:27 AM »
darn. Is it me or does this look a lot like the JessEm Sabre marking gauge? :/


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Offline Bob D.

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Re: WoodPeckers new marking guage
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2020, 05:16 AM »
darn. Is it me or does this look a lot like the JessEm Sabre marking gauge? :/


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Re: WoodPeckers new marking guage
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2020, 11:44 AM »
I agree with you. While I haven't used a TiteMark, I do have and use the Veritas gauge with microadjust. Often use it as a depth gauge, which this cap-head screw would prevent. The bearings look nice, but not sure they are needed. I do wax the rods on mine, tho


It does not double as a panel gauge.  They do make one and the fence is at least 6”. Might be 6 1/2”. 

I don’t own one with micro adjust, is that a really nice feature to have? Or not really?


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Offline derekcohen

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Re: WoodPeckers new marking guage
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2020, 11:48 AM »
I don't think the WP gauge was designed by a woodworker.





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Online ChuckM

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Re: WoodPeckers new marking guage
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2020, 12:38 PM »
I agree with you. While I haven't used a TiteMark, I do have and use the Veritas gauge with microadjust. Often use it as a depth gauge, which this cap-head screw would prevent. The bearings look nice, but not sure they are needed. I do wax the rods on mine, tho


It does not double as a panel gauge.  They do make one and the fence is at least 6”. Might be 6 1/2”. 

I don’t own one with micro adjust, is that a really nice feature to have? Or not really?


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Offline ben_r_

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Re: WoodPeckers new marking guage
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2020, 02:22 PM »
I had one and sold it. Among other issues every time I tried to tighten down the "lock" thumb screw the thing would move. Personally I still think the best marking gauge is the Jessem Wood Sabre (LINK) BY FAR!
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Offline derekcohen

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Re: WoodPeckers new marking guage
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2020, 12:47 AM »
I had one and sold it. Among other issues every time I tried to tighten down the "lock" thumb screw the thing would move. Personally I still think the best marking gauge is the Jessem Wood Sabre (LINK) BY FAR!

Ben, what do you consider important in a cutting gauge? How do you use one? Are you predominantly a power- or hand tool user?

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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: WoodPeckers new marking guage
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2020, 10:21 AM »
I have the WP marking gauge and it's a nice sturdy tool, but I more often reach for one of my 2 Veritas marking gauges. I really like their feel and the fact they will not roll off the table.
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