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MikeG.

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I've put up with a broken bevel gauge for years now, but I have a big need for it coming up soon, and I'm tired of the slight wobbliness. A splinter had broken off one of my bog oak boards, so I thought I would exploit this and make a replacement handle. Here's the original Stanley plastic-handled gauge:





And here is the splinter of bog oak:



I sawed a bit off, then did some planing:



Then some shaping:



Glooped on the first varnish I put my hand on:



And then re-assembled:



 

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You really don't need more tools ;) Those shavings are lovely and dark. Not jealous. At. All.
 

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Very nice.

I don’t think you will get any problems with corrosion unless you get it wet.

Pete
 

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Steve Maskery":361dep0u said:
Mike, are you not concerned about the oak corroding the blade? Or has all the tannin long since leached out?
I don't think so, Steve, but as this bit of kit is in use almost every time I go to the workshop, I'll be keeping a watching brief. My impression working with the oak is that is isn't as brittle as ordinary seasoned oak, being slightly soapy in its feel. I assume that the tannins leached into the bog thousands of years ago.

It's just dawned on me that I could try ebonising it with vinegar and steel wool. If that has no effect I am pretty sure that would indicate it is free of tannins. I'll try it this morning.
 
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