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Marking gauges traditionally use a hardened point or an easy-to-lose graphite point to scratch a layout line, but this marking gauge from Gladstone tools instead uses a regular hexagon-shaped pencil to draw lines as far as 8″ away from the edge of your work.

Gladstone constructs this gauge from steel and places graduations every 1/16″ along the 10″-long, 1/4″-square bar for rough layouts.  For more precise layouts you should probably check the scale against a precision steel rule.

You can find this marking gauge on Gladstone’s website for $13.

Pencil Marking Gauge [Gladstone Tools]

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5 Responses to Marking Gauge Uses Actual Pencil

  1. Chuck says:

    You know, I’ve never seen a ton of valu in a tool like this. My combo square has a little notch in the end of the ruler where a pencil can ride. Does the same thing without the need for an extra tool.

  2. Frank Townend says:

    The only issue I had with this tool is the “amount” of pencil you put in the holder affects the length of the distance from the sliding stop. You did mention to check the distance against a steel rule, but I feel you have to do that each time you use it.

  3. BC says:

    Seems a better design would be to have the pencil angled parallel to the direction of your mark, rather than perpendicular as in this tool. Just my .02 though.

    And re: using the notch in the combo square ruler, I’m not a fan of that. I have a hard time holding a pencil in the notch, especially on stock that’s not planed baby-ass smooth.

  4. fred says:

    I guess your perspective will depend somewhat on the work you do.
    At home I might be hand cutting dovetails – but on the job it might be construction lumber being marked.

  5. ray says:

    people will show you any thing ,to get you to buy it , you can do the same thing with a string and pencil or a stick and pencil , that you have laying a round

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