The Hamilton Panel gauge in Cocobolo is a very special tool in a class of its own. The dense rosewood adds a noticeable amount of weight to the tool compared to a Curly Maple Gauge. The beam is 28" long and features a brass wear plate on the knife end. The beam can be reversed in the fence, a pencil added in the provided hole and secured with the brass knob for laying out lines on rough stock. The fence is 8" wide and has a 1/2" step to help keep the gauge square to the stock. The fence also houses the exclusive clamping system that ensures the beam can not move in any direction once the knob is tightened.
Cocobolo is a dense tropical hardwood found primarily in Central America. It ranges in color from reddish-brown to orange, often with black streaks and subtle to extreme grain patterns.
Since Cocobolo was added to the CITES II list, stock in the required size for this tool is getting harder to acquire. Due to this factor an extended lead time may be necessary. Current lead time is 6 to 8 weeks.
As of January 2, 2017 the entire Genus of Dalbergia (Rosewood) and all Buginga's are now on the CITES II list of endangered species. What does this mean for my customers? All domestic sales of rosewood will continue as usual. All International orders of rosewood and Bubinga gauges will cease.