Gauge Swap

The Lumberjocks Marking Gauge Swap
Well folks I entered another tool swap. This time they picked marking gauges. I felt I needed another one, since I only have a few.

Marking Gauges

My favorite is this one. A Stanley 97. It has a wheel on one side and a pin on the other.


I picked a Japanese style to build.


The body is tiger maple.


The beam is zebra and the wedges are cherry.


I took some file steel, tool steel and spring steel. I started with 5 layers and folded it 3 times.
That made 40 layers of Damascus steel.


There are a few inclusions in the steel but it is one the 3rd time I have tried to make it. This is what I came up with.

Japanese Marking Gauge

I sent this to Paul in Las Vegas. Paul does some incredible work and I tried to do my best. He goes by the nickname Hammerthumb.
Thank you Paul for your kind comments toward my humble attempt at making a gauge.

Now that the one I made is gone. I received a wonderful Jatoba Gauge From BrandonW. Here is the opening and demo of it.
I do love this gauge. The only problem is now I have to rebuild my gauge rack.
Thank you Brandon for the wonderful tool you have sent me. The wood is one of my favorites and should last me and my children a lifetime.

Oh we were getting near the end and I had to tease a bit.

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

10 Responses to Gauge Swap

  1. Joe Lyddon says:

    Great videos Dave!

    Thank you very much!

  2. Thomas Tieffenbacher/aka DocSavage45 says:


    I can just see you at the coal forge in the back of your shop, with your leather apron and gloves heating and folding the metal! :>)

    Then getting into your woodworking apron and cap to finish the projects.

    Looks like your having fun!

    • David Bardin says:

      Doc I started with the metal work in the wood shop. That was a disaster. BIG TIME! All metal work moved to the front of shop and its so much better now that I have a porch on. The shade and fan make it tolerable.
      Thanks Doc. You sir are always welcome at my shop.

  3. roger says:

    Not only are you IronMan, but, you’re SuperIronMan.

  4. DIYaholic says:

    Those are two well made gauges, made with kindness and pride. I’m sure a great gift to give and recieve!!!
    I’ll need to get involved in one of these exchanges. Maybe that way I’ll actually make something.

    Loved the ending on the Brandon W Gauge demo!!!

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you Randy. Paul liked his and I do like mine. Come on in, the water is fine. You have a wonderful shop now. Do it you will love it.
      A bit of a redneck touch.

  5. JL7 says:

    Let me be one of the first to say……HOLY CRAP Dave….that’s cool…..Folding the steel……you’ve been keeping this quiet for awhile….that is some amazing work for a newbie blacksmith…..Damascus steel….that’s the mother lode… The Tiger Maple and Zebrawood are sure a good boost as well…You have done your research as always, and this is a gem.


    • David Bardin says:

      Thanks Jeff that means a lot coming from you. I have a hell of a time keeping stuff like this quiet. And not to mention I have another blog to let out in a few hours. I like being on vacation.

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