Joseph Marples Mortice Gauge - No. 14C

joseph marples marking gauge 14
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Marples Mortice Gauge No.14C Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Joseph Marples

Tool Type: Marking, Mortice Gauge / Mortise Gauge

Model No: 14C


The Joseph Marples marking and mortice gauge number 14 C review also spelt as 'mortise gauge' in the US and Canada.

The Joseph Marples no. 14 C mortice gauges are based upon the traditional design of old Marples mortice gauges including old Joseph Marples mortice gauges and William Marples mortice gauges.

The number 14 C mortice gauges are made from Rosewood mixed with brass parts which complement the Rosewood to give a great look.

The top of the head is inlaid with two brass strips. The head also has a decorative brass inlay in keeping with old Marples mortice gauges along with the Joseph Marples makers mark.

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The head is secured and released with a brass knurled nut.

The 14 C marking and mortice gauge has one sharp marking pin at the rear for single line markings and two pins at the front of the gauge for dual line markings such as for marking mortices.

The distance between the two pins can be adjusted to the required distance by turning the brass thumb screw at the base of the Rosewood stem.

Note: ensure to loosen the stock head prior to making adjustments to avoid damage to the internal thread and other parts of the tool.

Joseph Marples Ltd advertise the Rosewood used as plantation grown coming from managed, sustainable sources.

joseph marples mortice gauge 14c

The Joseph Marples tools are made in the 'York Works' factory in Sheffield, England. The current 'York Works' factory was purpose built in 2001.

Note: there was also an early Joseph Marples factory called the 'York Works'.

The Marples name has a long history in tool making. Different factions of the Marples name have been synonomous with good hand tools for many, many, many years.

Joseph Marples Ltd continues the family line of Joseph Marples which has a lineage back to the 1840's.

The tools made today combine modern technology and traditional manufacturing methods to produce traditional tools.

For more information on the history of Joseph Marples go to the Joseph Marples history page.

Cautions / Notes

* Important: please refer to the 'disclaimer' at the foot of this review.
* Wearing safety clothing and eye protection is usually a good idea to help protect against injury.

- This tool has sharp parts, take suitable precautions when using/handling/storing the tool to prevent injury.

- Failure to loosen parts when making adjustments can result in damage to the tool. Never force a part to move.

- Overtightening parts can cause damage to the tool.

Manufactured Dates

<1990 - Today

In 1990 these were advertised as being supplied with a turnscrew locking mechanism with a brass thumbscrew locking mechanism available. The product code was 14.

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