What is best the brass circulat or the traditional wood with brass inserts or is it a matter of preference?
I ordered a Veritas wheel gauge. But the rosewood ones are sooooo beautiful.I'm not convinced either one is better. I have two gauges:
1) A Veritas regular wheel gauge, which is great for cutting with or across the grain. It's quite nice, and I use it a lot.
2) A Harbor Freight traditional pin gauge, which is good across the grain and usually acceptable with the grain. It's kind of junky, but I use it almost as much as the Veritas, mainly because it's easier to keep track of on a cluttered bench.
The main thing to remember with a pin gauge (any gauge, really, but it matters more with the pin type) is to not push too hard. If you just skate it over the top it's less likely to follow the grain, in my experience. If you're only going to get one, I'd probably say buy a wheel-type gauge: the Veritas one is is well made and not too pricey. But I also recommend trying both; I've talked to people on each side who say the kind they use is the only one that works for them.
Aren't they? I think you'll like the wheel gauge, but I encourage you again to try one of the old style. You can even make your own if you want: it's not hard, apparently. I haven't tried it, though it's on my list of projects to try sooner or later.I ordered a Veritas wheel gauge. But the rosewood ones are sooooo beautiful.