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.
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.