Joseph Marples Miniature 4-1/2” Sliding Bevel Gauge Walnut
Joseph Marples is one of the best-known Sheffield based tool makers and has been manufacturing joiners tools, such as bevel gauges, marking/cutting gauges and squares since the 1840s. The business has remained in the family to this day and continues to be based in Sheffield, England and managed by Tony a 6th generation Marples. Although modern technology is now utilized for many operations, many of the traditions of manufacturing fine hand tools have remained the same using selected materials and hand finishing. The same threads used in their marking gauges today were those used over 100 years ago.
There are five original design measuring and marking products made for the miniature or model maker.
This miniature sliding bevel gauge can be adjusted to any angle for marking, transferring, measuring and storing angles. The blade is locked in place via a slotted screwdriver. This approach required less torque to secure the blade than using a knurled knob. Plus, the screw head sits flush with the surface allowing the bevel to be flipped over without a knob interfering with your work.
The base is made from plantation grown English Walnut and is 1/2” thick, 3/4” wide and 3-3/8” long.
The blade is made from blued spring steel and is 0.040” thick, 3/4" wide and 4-3/4” long
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