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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.

Footprint 1877 Rosewood Mortise and Marking Gauge [Woodcraft]
Beech Mortise and Marking Gauge [Woodcraft]
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4 Responses to Rosewood Mortise and Marking Gauge

  1. Mike S says:

    I’ve had one of these for 15 years. Used it twice. Each time I put it down and returned to more efficient methods. They’re beautiful, but not very useful in the modern era. Put it on display, not in your toolbox.

  2. Shopmonger says:

    Yeah Mike i would agree, the tried and true method of other measuring and marking tools have taken over this old favorite. But pretty, and still functional.

  3. fred says:

    We seldom measure at all for mortise and tenon joints. We never hand chiseled mortises – we longsince went away from using a drill press – and now set up the mortising machine with a fence and a stop for repeatable mortising. Tenons are cut very close to the mark with a sliding jig on the table saw – with a bit of trimming for tight fit with a shoulder plane.

  4. Albert says:

    I bought one just like it at Sears last week for about 15 bucks, same brand, same model. Very beatiful tool. I can’t wait to try it out on my next project.

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