Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY

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If you can make your own multi mark and measuring tool for your workshop, then you have a tool that best suits the projects you are working on.

A long time ago I bought the multi mark and measuring tool from Kreg, and I am very satisfied with it and highly recommend it.
But as with everything, there will always be a downside. I also experienced that with the multi mark and measuring tool from Kreg.
The problem is that the ruler is barely 15 cm long, and in some cases, that is simply too short.
That’s why I made my own multi mark and measuring tool that fits my ruler of 30 cm which I could double the length of this handy tool.

This homemade multi mark and measuring tool can be used in 3 ways: To repeatedly mark the same distances, to draw parallel lines, or to mark circles.

A handy tool that fits perfectly with the multi mark I already have from Kreg.

Discover all the information you need below to be able to build a tool like this for your workshop yourself.

Before we start building

To prepare you for building this project, I have made a few handy lists.

In addition to a few personal protective equipment that I use*, I also list the materials as well as the (power) tools you will need to build this jig.

* Safety is always your own responsibility!

Safety first! protect yourself!

Materials I used for this multi mark and measuring tool

(power)Tools I used for this multi mark and measuring tool

Building the multi mark and measuring tool step by step

Step 1 | Preparation

For this tool, I used a piece of red oak scrap wood, but you can use any kind of wood for this. Nevertheless, it is recommended to choose hardwood, because it is more resistant to damage due to the hardness of the wood.

The finished tool will be 10 by 7 cm, so take a piece of wood that is larger than these dimensions, you can still trim later.

The thickness of the wood I used was 1 cm.

I started by marking where the slots should be for the ruler. Because I want to use the tool in two directions, I made two slots that intersect at right angles. I made the long slot about 15 mm from the side of the wood.

Mark the width of the ruler as accurately as possible, like that the ruler will stay firmly in place in this tool.

Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY

Step 2 | Making the slots

To determine the depth of the slot, I placed the router on top of the ruler and lowered the router bit until it touched the surface of the wood.

Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY

With the necessary caution, I then removed all the wood between the markings. At no point did I hit the lines to avoid making the slot too wide.

Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY

After making the slots with the router, I was able to touch up the edges manually with a chisel.

Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY

Step 3 | Assembling the multi mark and measuring tool

The lower part of the tool was now ready, now came the upper part.

Where the two slots intersect, I made a short slot in this part in the same way. Here, however, you don’t have to make the slot to the edges of the tool, but only in the middle.

After the slot was cut, a hole was drilled in the middle of the place where the slots cross each other. After that, a thin metal plate was placed in the short slot.

I took the metal from an empty tin can. Sometimes the perfect material you need is closer than you think.

That piece of metal was fixed in the slot with epoxy glue and a nail.

Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY

In the drilled hole I placed an M6 threaded insert into which the knob can be screwed later.

Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY

Then the upper part could be glued to the lower part with wood glue.

After clamping these together tightly, the glue was allowed to dry out while I was making the buttons.

Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY

Step 4 | Making the knobs

To make the buttons, I drilled 2 disks from the red oak with a 25 mm hole drill.

Then I made a shallow hole in the middle of these disks in which the M6 x15  bolt could be mounted with epoxy glue.

Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY

After the epoxy glue had dried, I was able to clamp these knobs in my drill press. By spinning them quickly and holding sandpaper against the knobs, I was able to give it the shape I wanted.

Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY

Step 5 | Finishing

A final step in making this tool was the provision to clamp a pencil so that circles can be drawn with this tool.

I drilled a hole of 8 mm depth with a 12 mm Forstner bit. Then the hole was drilled deeper with a 9 mm drill.

Later you will find out why I did this.

Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY

After drilling the hole for the pencil to go through, a cut was made through that last hole. The cut was made 5 mm from the edge of the tool and about 2 cm beyond where the pencil will be.

Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY

Then it was time to place a 6 mm threaded insert here too.

Because the first part of the hole was drilled with a larger drill, this insert can now be pushed through to the back of the cut.

Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY

All I had to do was place the knobs and the tool was ready to use.

Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY

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Homemade multi mark and measuring tool Should you buy or DIY
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