Marking Gauges

An original design by Florip Toolworks. Your cut is only as accurate as your layout line. NOTE: DUE TO HIGH ORDER VOLUME CURRENT WAIT TIME FOR A MARKING GAUGE IS AROUND THREE MONTHS.

Pre-Orders for the new dovetail layout tool! Will begin shipping mid February.

My inspiration for this tool:

First…..I feel that many standard dovetail layout tools fall into the category of “one trick pony”. I don’t see the value in buying a separate unit for each traditional dovetail angle. Unless you’re laying out dovetails, they’re not good for much.

Second….I regularly use an angle gauge to transfer lines. All gauges that I own are functional from the face side only. In order to transfer an opposing line I would need to reset the gauge or try to half rest the gauge on a flat edge.

Third….I love making high quality/functional woodworking tools.


Body (solid brass)

4” Long (index marks represent a 1” scale)

1” Tall (index marks represent 1” scale)

3/8” Deep

There are linear marks representing 90 degrees, 45 degrees, 15 degrees and 7 degrees.

Blade (stainless steel)

4” Long

1/2” Wide

1/8” Thick


The Little One


  • Flat on the fence allows the user to strike a line on material 1/8” thick while it is supported on a work surface. Also prevents rolling.
  • Shaft length is 5 1/2”
  • 1/2” O-1 cutter
  • 1.5” wide fence
  • Fence is counterbored to allow full retraction of the cutter.
  • Shaft material is full hard phosphor bronze….it’s good stuff.

“The Big One”

I designed and built this gauge because I wasn’t happy with the generic wheel marking gauge I had been using. My main complaints were:

  • Small fence - Would allow the gauge to pivot as I marked my work.
  • Round fence - Allowed the gauge to roll off the workbench.
  • Poor fit - The cutter would come loose from the shaft and the fence had a sloppy fit.
  • Overall feel - I wasn’t confident in the tools ability to put down consistent layout lines.

Below is a list of features that make up the Florip Toolworks gauge.

  • Micro adjust with 5/8” travel.
  • 2” wide fence to provide a solid footprint on your workpiece.
  • Hexagonal fence to prevent the gauge from rolling off the bench.
  • With just under 9” of length, this marking gauge will tackle most of your layout needs.
  • Easy to sharpen O1 tool steel cutter.
  • Stainless shaft.
  • It’s often called “beefy”.

$110 plus $10.00 shipping

Demo Video