4" African Blackwood Marking Gauge

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0.38 LBS
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African Blackwood originates from central and southern Africa. Considered to be one of the hardest and densest of woods in the world.

Color is a very dark brown to deep black with occasional slightly lighter brown strips and features little or no grain patterns.   

Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for delivery. 


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.

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  • 5
    4" Marking Gauge

    Posted by Joe on 23rd Jun 2017

    To practice 'ART' ,I felt using a marking gauge that , in itself was sculptured 'ART', would resonate with the process and attitude that I am hoping to cultivate in myself to result in a work that reflects benevolent attention to detail and in return pluck similar chords in others.

    This marking gauge achieves the intended technical utility . Particularly with the smooth gliding of the parts and precise setting of the marking blade with a turn of the brass knob without movement of the blade (!) as well as be an expression of benevolent "ART" .

  • 5
    The best.

    Posted by J.A on 17th Aug 2012

    This thing is so well made that even tho it looks like a delicate piece of art it still feels very sturdy.

    This gauge just works.

    This is without a doubt the most well made tool I own.

    Buy one, you wont be disappointed

    Thanks jeff!

  • 5
    small marking gauge for dovetails

    Posted by Phil on 26th Feb 2012

    I got this cutting gauge about a year ago. I do a lot of dovetails and the size of this gauge seemed about right. It proved to be perfect for multiple applications. The cutter is sharp and can make a very deep line. I found this to be a great help in setting the shoulders of tenons because the wood is cut in a very precise line. There is no scratching or tearing of the wood.
    The locking and movement of the fence is smooth and secure. The face is longer than a lot of other gauges and is shallow enough to use on stock laid flat on the bench. The recesses on the back of the fence help prevent slipping. . It is much easier to use than the larger gauges.
    The only drawbacks are that the cut line may be too precise to see in some woods. The cutting action of the sharp knife leaves a very narrow kerf. I found that highlighting the kerf with a 0.3 mechanical pencil helps me see the line (old eyes?). It can also cut deep quickly so when using this gauge you can make lines that are hard to remove. I don’t worry about them on dovetails – it shows customers that the joint was hand cut rather than machined with a router.
    A cutting gauge is a simple tool but I have many other marking and cutting gauges and none come close. This is the one I use the most. If I had three, they would be the only ones I would use.

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