My First Tool Build (Quasi Panel Gauge)

I had a little extra time while I waited for the finish to dry on another project to get started on making a “Quasi Panel Gauge”. I say “quasi” because it isn’t large enough to mark out large panels like you would think of when you hear “panel gage”. I personally feel like you need 24″ minimum capacity for a true panel gauge.

This gauge has a max capacity of about 13.5″ which will work very well with most bee hive projects.

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Its made completely from poplar, with the exception of the wedge witch is out of ash. I’d say the complete build took about 3 hours with no power tools just for fun. I think I might enjoy making tools more than the projects themselves. It is a long way from perfect, mostly because the stem has a slight twist in it that I missed before I had everything fitting correctly. I don’t think it will hurt the way the tool performs, but it bugs me a bit.

My goal when I set out to build this was to use things that I already had around. I ended up just using a simple 1-1/4″ fine thread wood screw for the pin cutter. I sharpened it on the end just a little, and it does a great job marking the wood. I hope you enjoyed this. It was for sure a new one for me. I hope you will subscribe, and if you have any questions please leave them in the comment section. There is a full gallery below.

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3 comments on “My First Tool Build (Quasi Panel Gauge)
  1. Andrew says:

    Very nice! One of the goals for the MakerSpace principles that I try to teach is that “tools make tools make things” — that any MakerSpace (whether carpentry shop, print shop, sewing shop, theatrical prop-shop, whoever) should make some of its own tools. It helps keep alive the idea that even if the tool you need doesn’t exist, it can be made.

    • Brian says:

      You’re on par 100%. Another thing I’m finding is that most tools can be made with little to no investment. You will love the next tool making post that I have coming. Thank you for your comments Andrew.

  2. That is very nice. I have a few old ones here that I am supposed to be servicing, but they have not reached the top of my todo list.

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