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sheetmental 02-06-2005 07:04 AM

marking guage/scratcher question
stanley used to make a marking guage that was adjustable, up to 4"
it had 2 posts, graduated in 16ths, with a pin on the end, and they were secured by a knurled screw as they passed through a cast plate. it's kinda hard to describe what i mean. anyhow, they stopped making them, and i really liked them. i have seen them for wood, and was wondering if any of you folks knew of a similar product that is still available. i have christmas trees, but i hate them. i have made some out of small pieces of stainless, but new guys always throw them away thinking they are scrap. what do you guys use?

steve2 02-06-2005 07:35 AM

What the heck is a "christmas tree"? I use an adjustable gauge made by Malco (short for malcontent?) that is double ended with one half of the gauge a sliding adjustable piece that is secured at the desired width by a set screw. One of these adjustable pieces on each end of the gauge allowing you to have two set scribe widths on one piece. This is a different gauge than the one that uses a sheet metal screw for a scribe point. Othere than that, I make gauges for standard widths ( 1/2, 3/4, etc) one on each corner of a rectangular piece of stout scrap. Sounds like a perfect training opportunity for you to teach the new guys just what is going on.

steve2 02-06-2005 07:39 AM

No, no, no. I don't mean "secured with a set screw". I meant to say the adjustable side of the gauge was secured with a thumb screw.


Bud 02-06-2005 08:00 AM

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Malco makes one similar, but I prefer the Mc Marker by McKay Brothers Inc. There out of Wichita, KS. I'll get a picture up in a bit. They used to cost about 25.00 (1 year ago) Their phone # is 316-838-8411.
The designer of this is a contractor himself. From what I know, he's retiring soon from contracting and will be using these to supplement his income. They're worth every penny,my opinion, even if they did go up in cost a bit since then.

McKay Brothers
3738 N. Seneca
Wichita KS 67204

steve2 02-06-2005 10:28 AM

Marking gauges
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Here is a picture of the gauges I was trying to describe earlier. They are marked Cain Manufacturing, Birmingham Alabama, not MALCOntent.

pricer 02-06-2005 03:49 PM


Originally Posted by steve2
Here is a picture of the gauges I was trying to describe earlier. They are marked Cain Manufacturing, Birmingham Alabama, not MALCOntent.

Malco makes the "Christmas tree" scribe the gentelman was reffering to. Check the Malco site and you will see what I am talking about. Mc Marker is good stuff. Malco makes another scribe that has a range from 1/4" to 12 " thats the one I use. I do use the Cain's version if its handy.

pricer 02-06-2005 04:01 PM

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If I understand right, this is the christmas tree.

Bud 02-06-2005 04:09 PM

I want to order the one Steve has. Ok where from? The tree looks handy as well.

pricer 02-06-2005 04:13 PM

We get those scribes like Steve has from local supply house. I think they are just a few bucks. I will gather some up and send them to you. They are made a couple hundred miles north from me.

02-06-2005 06:33 PM

Chrismas tree was free at one time. One in every boxof every thing DD made. The problem with all above is the face plates are not hardend. Just run any of them down a plasma edge.

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