If you haven't, try the Veritas or Tite-Mark wheel gauges. They both
lock down tightly, but the Tite-Mark has the advantage of being able to
operate the fine-adjust with one hand. Both of them have A2 wheels,
which means they stay sharp for a long time.
I was chcking out the Veritas on line last night. The micro-adjust
feature is very appealing. On the shop-fox I own, the fence will move
with too much force. Th knife style gauge own is made of rosewood so
the thumb screw really tightens down good against the wood. If it
locks down tightly like you said, I might give it a try.
The Veritas tightens like a router collet, so it compresses uniformly
against the shaft. I like the microadjust, but save a few bucks and get
the one without graduations.
The TiteMark uses a pointed thumbscrews that lock into a V-groove in the
Yep, that's the one I was checking out. It looks like it has a regular
thumb screw, but I guess it's made differently than my piece of crap.
Ok, I'm sold. I have been very happy with Veritas so far. Those
Canadians sure do know a thing or two about woodwerk'n. :)
On the microadjust version, you first lock the rear of the body against
the shaft using the knurled nut at the back end of the head. This locks
using a router collet style compression fitting. You then turn the
front part of the body relative to the back of the body for fine
adjustment. The fine adjustment locks with the thumbscrew.
One thing to watch out for on all the versions with a circular
body...make sure they don't roll off your bench! I wish they'd machined
one or two flats on the rim to prevent this (or made it oval like their
Minor correction, at least if you are talking about this one
which I own, it is not oval. It stays on the bench by virtue of the
rod being mounted off-denter in the circular bearing disc.
I still prefer my old simple pin type, with knife-sharpened pin. My
complaint with the 3-in-1 is that the natural place to grip it is also
the tightening mechanism, and I find myself inadvertently loosening
OP: Alf's review of wheel-type marking gauges at the link below is the
best I have found.
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