Mortise and Tenon joints are a staple of the furniture building craft, the very foundation of strong, long-lasting woodworking projects. I don’t really use them because there are other ways to make joints, and building in Mortise and Tenons is a giant pain the rear. But the Footprint Rosewood Mortise and Marking Gauge from Woodcraft is a beautiful-looking way to make the argument that I should.
The gauge starts off with Rosewood construction on the block and slide track and features a single pin on one side and double pins on the other to help mark your material before sawing, chiseling, or cutting. It also sports a brass inlay, thumbscrew and slide to offset the Rosewood.
It’s a heart-stopping tool that anyone into Mortise and Tenon joints would love to get their work gloves on. However you’d better be ready to shell out $40 – $60 to get one in the shop. It’s the Rosewood that jacks the price up so high. Some feel it’s worth it but if you just wanted the gauge itself the same model in Beech runs about half that.