Making a wooden bevel gauge
I had some brown bamboo, which I resawed into a thinner layer for the blade part of the bevel gauge. The brown colour was achieved by the flooring manufacturer though heat treatment. A slightly burned smell as I cut it confirmed this.
I drilled a hole on either end of where the slot goes, then used my router lift to mill the slot. I did this in three or four passes of increasing depth so I wasn't cutting away too much at once.
To prevent the ends from splitting, I cut a slot in the ends of the pieces for a spline.
I used my tenon jig and a very thin 7 1/4" blade. The blade has about a 2 mm kerf.
I put a wooden spacer, wrapped in plastic, between the two ends of the handle to prevent accidentally gluing them together.
To accent the spline, I used the dark wood for the spline in the handle, and light wood for the spline in the darker blade.
I ended up drilling a 1/2" (12.5 mm) hole at the end of the 3/8" (9.5mm) wide slot to allow some flexibility for how the blade is positioned in the handle. When measuring inside angles, it's important that the handle doesn't protrude past the blade, and the blade doesn't protrude past the handle.
Adding the finished bevel gauge to my wall of tools. This will come in handy when I need a bigger bevel gauge. For example, when I did the hexagonal layout for my sorting tray, my bevel gauge was too short and I had to hold a ruler next to it.
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