Too many times I've ordered a tool that looked and sounded beautiful in a website's photo and description, only to be disappointed by the actual quality. Today, Jeff Hamilton of Hamilton Woodworks made up for all those times.
I already have had the pleasure of using two fine marking gauges by Hamilton Woodworks in my shop, one of each size, so when I ordered the panel gauge, I expected an exceptional tool. The tool arrived today and surprised me by exceeding my expectations.
This panel gauge takes it place among the most beautifully made hand tools in my shop. It's carefully shaped of well selected and gorgeously grained wood, well fitted together, exquisitely finished, and very robust. I'll be using and cherishing this tool for the rest of my life, and I'm sure it will be passed along for generations more.
Those of us who don't live near Hamilton Toolworks don't have the good fortune of being able to handle these tools before we order them. If you're in this situation, please allow me be your hands: if you appreciate fine tools as I do, once you've held one of these tools, you'll give it a special place in your shop and you'll look for excuses to use it.