Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 3, Issue 6
   July 2009
   Featured Patents

Stanley Combined Gauge
Stanley Combined Gauge

Marking gauges are simple tools normally used to provide a line or lines a fixed distance from an edge, such as layout lines for a mortise and tenon joint or a line marking a consistent reveal when trimming out a door or window.

The construction of a gauge can range from the most simple design of a piece of wood with a finishing nail, a carefully measured and sized piece of metal, paper or cardboard cut out, to a more complex commercially made device. All are designed to provide a constant reference to mark out a measured line on the project. The more ornate and multi-use marking tools available today have been produced by many manufacturers for at least 150 years and are comparable to this design.

Albert Williams, of Philadelphia, PA., was granted patent # 17403 on May 26, 1857 for this elegant marking gauge. Described as a compound gauge in the title and further described as a combined gauge in the patent text, the numerous pins and points allowed for many uses as claimed by the patent papers.

Unlike the standard gauge, this one has five pins or blades. Three pin-like blades on the end of the stem (selected by rotating the stem) are for marking or cutting paper, metal and other soft materials, including wood. Two pins on the shank of the stem, one of which is adjustable, are designed to be used in the usual way for marking out mortises, rabbets and such.

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