Marking & Cutting Gauge matched pair


English walnut is by far the most popular choice of timbers for my marking gauges. It’s a timber that just keeps on giving. No matter how you slice it there’s always an interesting feature to make the tool unique in appearance and an absolute pleasure to use. This is the first time I’ve retained both sets of components in sequential order which makes them even more special. If you’re torn between which gauge to buy you could do a lot worse than buy one of each and have them match. Bought separately the gauges are £125 and £175 each. This matched pair are £275.

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Some of the tools I most enjoy using are either made in small numbers by artisan craftsmen or by me in my workshop in Newhaven, East Sussex. In fact a few of those tools have been used to make these gauges, so thank you for taking a look and maybe adding to that tradition.


The design brief for these tools and other Lowfat Roubo products is one of simplicity and economy in either materials or components, or sometimes both. I have a number of gauges in my everyday tool kit; some fancy and extremely accurate for generating baselines for dovetailing or shoulder lines for joinery and some for less critical early stage marking out. This matched pair will cater for both extremes. The beams are married to the stocks early on in the making and are made to be a loose friction fit whichever way round they are used. Most adjustments can be made while holding the beam in one hand and advancing the stock with a flick or push of the thumb in one direction or by allowing gravity to work for you in the other. The screw fasteners have a leather pad on the end to resist marking the beam when tightened and to achieve a firm and reliable setting. I recommend you make sure the screw is fully retracted into the stock when swapping the beam round.

A perfect match

This matched pair are made from English walnut and consist of one pin/pencil gauge and one cutting gauge. The beams are made from the same blank and so are the stocks. The mating components are separated by a saw cut and a few shavings so the grain is matched as close as is possible. Use the hyperlinks for the full spec on these tools.


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