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Two is better than one.

Veritas Dual Marking Gauge

When I first starting using the new, Veritas Dual Marking Gauge late last fall I wasn’t sure how often I’d actually use both sides of the gauge at once. Up until that point I used a single type gauge. Through the first week in use I generally used only one of the adjustable rods and it wasn’t until I made it a mental point to try using both rods that the fog lifted.

Two is truly better than one. Once I trained my brain to think about the dual settings I found myself using them both all of the time. Well at least whenever it was called for in the work.

For stringing, this thing is the cat’s meow. Set the desired width and scribe both sides of the line. Perfect.

For grooves and dovetails as well as most of my mortise and tenon work, the dual marking gauge is the way to go. It saves me a step or two and with all things  that need to be measured, that saved step usually means one less step to make an error.

The gauge has a large reference surface that makes scribing lines easy and effective with large brass screws to lock things in place.

Optional Shaft Clamp

Just recently, Veritas introduced a small accessory to this already excellent tool.   The optional shaft clamp. This little clamp slides over the rods and will lock a setting in place. This was extremely useful just the other day when I was setting some stringing into a few furniture components. The stringing was all the same width but the offset from the edge changed.

The shaft clamp held the width of the cutters in place while I adjusted the offset from the gauge body. Nice!

It’s always the little details that make good tools great and Veritas has done it again with the Dual Marking Gauge and optional Shaft Clamp.

Try one out for yourself and you’ll wonder how you ever got along with only one!




  1. Posted by ty on May 15th, 2012

    I keep looking at those marking gauges but can’t pull the trigger. I think you have the gauges backwards in the last picture. isn’t the bevel suppose to go the waste.

  2. Posted by tom on May 15th, 2012

    Thanks for the comment- yes, bevel to waste.!!Good eye;)

  3. Posted by tom on May 15th, 2012

    I should also mention that the stringing was sized after the groove was made and is always left a little heavy~ thanks again Ty.

  4. Posted by Matt Gradwohl on Dec 19th, 2013

    In the photo above, curious why the bevel of the cutters isn’t on the inside for a cleaner shoulder for your inlay?

  5. Posted by tom on Dec 19th, 2013

    Hey Matt,
    good catch!
    you’re right, they should be on the opposite edges. The inlay turned out fine so I’m not sure if this shot was a mock-up or I actually used the cutters on opposite sides.?
    for those readers who are unclear, the small bevels on the marking gauge cutter, should face out and away from the inlay line.
    in the last shot above, they’re reversed.
    thanks for the comment Matt,
    all the best

  6. Posted by rick on Jan 5th, 2014

    Pull the trigger Ty!
    I’m not the best at setting markings to a rule. The little errors I get usually compound to something I don’t want. The dual marking guage helps to eliminates that. You can set the cutting heads ‘by feel’ (to thickness of wood, chisel etc) and at times I’ve eliminated measuring all together. The second cutting head and clamp makes repeat scribes a breeze. I was hesitant too, already having a ‘pocket marking guage,’ but after taking a class with Tom I realized the value of it and went straight to LVT to pick one up and never regretted it.

  7. Posted by Jeremiah on Mar 31st, 2015

    The dual was my first guage, but that is mostly because it was the only marking guage in stock at my local Woodcraft store!! I now have a single and double and I find both helpful. Single slightly more “maneuverable”. The double doing all the things mentioned.

    I would also state that the double comes in handy when the marked line of a single layout is on the nearside of the waste with respect to my reference face. A small detail, but useful.

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