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They really aren't that tough to make, below is a picture of the one I made for the marking gauge swap we had a few months back.


Wheel gauges are more user friendly, after that it's a toss up between a knife gauge then a pin gauge.

The important thing when using a pin gage is to let the pin trail, ie hold the gauge at an angle when pulling it toward you with the pin pointed slightly away from you. It also helps TREMENDOUSLY if you grind a bit of a knife edge on the pin.

With knife and pin gauge the flat side of the knife/pin should face away from the fence of the gauge - this causes the pin to want to pull against the fence making it less likely to wander around with the grain.
 

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