This panel gauge has been laying around the shop and I figured it was about time to clean it up. I purchased it online a few months back and have hopes of using it as a pattern for making a more some day. There are no makers marks, just owners marks stamped all over it, so I don’t really have a clue on how old it is. It looks as if the dark wood is mahogany and the lighter wood is boxwood – I really like the contrasting colors. It has a capacity of about 22″ and a nicely captured wedge. It has a few dings and dents in the bar but nothing that prevents it from functioning well.
I used some Murphy’s Oil Soap and a rag to do the bulk of the scrubbing work. Not surprisingly, this left things feeling sticky. I removed most of the soapy residue with Simple Green, rubbed it by hand and wiped it off with a rag. Then I spritzed it with some water and wiped it down, repeated a few times to be sure. That removed the sticky feeling so I let it dry off.
The next day, after it was completely dry, I put on a coat of Minwax Antique Oil. I allowed it to soak in, then rubbed it down. Then I applied a couple of coats of paste wax, letting it dry and buffing in between each coat.
I really like the result – it has a nice sheen and is pleasing to the touch again. Outside of sharpening the cutter, this should be good for another 25-100 years with minimal up keep. If anyone is interested in a replica, please let me know and I’ll consider making some.