One of my favorite things about the woodworking community is that most of the time it’s a fairly “pay it forward” sort of group. We’re passionate about the craft and eager to share what we know. Lately, I’ve also been impressed by the way people not only pass on knowledge, but also the tools of our trade to those who are just starting out.
And that’s a good thing, because you never know how those acts of generosity might light a fire in someone’s imagination. An old unused plane might be the gift that starts someone on a path to discovery. An extra saw hanging around your shop might be help someone find their calling in life.
Anyway, I don’t want to wax too romantic about the idea, but I want you to understand where I’m coming from.
A watershed moment for me the first time I marked out dovetails with a cutting gauge and knife. I know everyone marks their tails differently (and some don’t mark them at all!) but when I leveled out my chisel on those crisp lines I suddenly felt a confidence that I had not previously felt. I got the idea that not only could I make big pieces of wood into smaller pieces of wood, I could do so in a way that created something beautiful, durable and useful in the world.
In that spirit I made this gauge with the express intent of giving it away.
That’s right, this gauge could be yours, and here’s how:
1) Find me on Instagram as james_son_of_james and if you’re not already following my feed you’re welcome to do so.
2) Find the contest post in my feed and repost it in your own feed with the tag #skepgiveaway
That’s it. And this beauty could be yours.
In honor of #handtoolthursday this contest is open from today (June 18th) through next #markupmonday (June 22nd) at midnight EST. All names will be put in a hat and winner will be chosen at random by my daughter. And finally, I love my world woodworking community but because of shipping costs this giveaway is only open to residents of the continental United States.
The gauge itself is made from cherry with tiger maple splines, aluminum arm with stainless steel cutter. The fence is approximately 1″ x 2″ x 7/8″ and the arm is 9″ long.
I just marked out some dovetails with it. She’s ready to go.