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Joseph Marples Panel Gauge with Pin and Pencil Holder Solid Rosewood


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.

This Panel Gauge allows lines to be scribed in the center of a 48” wide panel. The stem is 30” long and the head 9” wide with a brass wear strip fitted inside a rabbit which is designed to rest on the edge of the panel that is being gauged.

One end of the stem has a hardened steel marking pin, the other end has the holes that accept a pencil to mark more distinct lines.

Cutter: hardened steel pin 

Size of head: 9” long x 2-1/8” wide x 1-1/16” thick with ¼” x ¾” rabbit

Size of beam: crowned beam, 11/16” x 11/16”, unfinished 

Marking capacity: 24-3/8” for pin and 24” for pencil  

Wood: plantation grown Indian Rosewood

Locking mechanism: solid brass knurled thumb screw


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