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Woodpeckers OneTIME Tool | Marking Gauge and Panel Marking Gauge

What is a marking gauge and why use one?

A marking gauge is a tool that is typically used for traditional joinery layouts like mortise and tenon joinery. A marking gauge uses a sharp wheel that scribes or marks the material. Where it marks is dictated by where the small fence is setup. Folks use marking gauges for joinery layout. They are used to mark start and stop positions of certain operations like hinge installations. The key to the marking gauge is the thin wheel that scores the top fibers of the material. This does two things, first it indicates the location of a certain operation. Second, it prevents those fibers from tearing out. If you are cutting a shoulder of a tenon, the scribed fibers will not tear out past the point of where they were scribed. What if you don’t want a scribe line and maybe want a pencil line? Woodpeckers has come out with a two trick pony!

Woodpeckers OneTIME Tool | Marking Gauge and Panel Marking Gauge

Woodpeckers is synonymous with high end woodworking tools and gadgets that make operations in the workshop very precise and efficient. From dead on squares to dowel presses, their quality and precision is unmatched by anyone out there in the field today. This high quality does come at a price but you certainly get what you pay for. Woodpeckers not only makes high quality tools but they also innovate. They create new products that solve problems or take a traditional tool and put their twist to it to make it even better. That is exactly what they did to the mark gauges they have released in their OneTIME tool product lineup. They have introduced an integrated pencil that is stored inside the “non-business” end of the tool. If simple visual layout is needed, within 30 seconds you can have the pencil installed and able to make many lines at different intervals in a fraction of the time.

Both marking gauges are identical with the exception of the length of the main bar and the fence size. The smaller unit has 6″ of marking capacity and the larger unit has 24″ of marking capacity. The 6″ model has a fence that is 3 1/2″ long with the 24″ model having a 6″ fence length.

Dual laser engraved scales

The unit has two laser engraved scales. One for the scribe wheels and one for the pencil. They require two scales because the scribe wheel and the pencil are not in the same location. The pencil is farther back on the tool which requires the corresponding scale to be farther back.


On board storage

Both units feature a storage compartment at the “non-business” end of the tool. This is a perfect location to store the pencil, additional marking wheel, and the spacers (if not in use).

Multiple scribe lines

With a second scribe wheel included, the user can install it in conjunction with whatever combination spacer they would like to create dual scribe lines in one pass. You can lay down dual scribe lines in 1/16″ increments from 1/8″ to 1/2″.

The imperial version includes two 1/8″ thick scribe wheels and the metric version includes two 2.5mm thick scribe wheels. The spacers for the metric system can create 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14mm spacing.

Large Knurled Knob

The locking knob features a built-in hex wrench to tighten or loosen the wheel cutter and spacers. The knob also has a protective nylon tip to prevent marring the tool’s bar when it is locking the fence in position.



No Micro-Adjust

This unit’s biggest drawback is pretty important. It doesn’t feature a micro-adjust which is so important when dialing in your mortise location or even sizing a pocket for a hinge. With the highly precise laser engraved scales and the spacers, with some time under your belt with the tool you can certainly get used to it.



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