|A neat vintage panel gauge.|
|Interesting form. It even has the oval shaped beam.|
|The cutter leaves a bit to be desired.|
I decided to start with a test piece to see if a wedge will hold this blade tight in a little piece of beech. Luckily, I have a 1/10" chisel that worked perfect.
|This will work fine. The wedge is a template for a H&R project.|
I say scrap because years ago I bought a whole bunch of neat figured pieces, but have yet to find a project to use them on. I found out that if I consider this wood to be scrap, I am more likely to use it. It was just very expensive scrap. I found a really nice pair of bookmatched figured maple boards. I haven't built anything that needed this bookmatched pair yet, so I guess I never will. One of them is going to sacrifice itself to this project.
I wanted the grain for the beam to be as straight as possible, so I layed out a line that followed the grain as best I could and cut out the beam.
|This should work out beautifully.|
|My saw bench is on a job site, so I'll use my 'plan B' Ryoba saw.|
The next stop is to join the boxing insert at the cutting end. I don't have any more boxwood, but I do have a couple of tiny offcuts of ebony that should make a nice insert and wedges. After careful consideration, I decided to disassemble the old one to see how this sliding dovetail was done. It also made it easier to transfer measurements from the original.
|disassembled I discovered the shoulder was angled.|
Fitting the insert was much simplified by doing it while the beam was still square. After some fiddling, I got it to fit, although a bit sloppy.
|A decent fit, it will look good.|
The only problem: it must have slid out a bit when I turned it over.
What would you do to recover from this mistake?