The actual Stanley 5061

OK. Here I go again!

Here is what we are actually admiring.



This Stanley 5061 gauge is the best commercial-grade mass-made gauge that ever entered the woodworking market and if you can’t find one then make yours according to the patterns I gave in the previous blogs. You won’t regret it.


Here are the component parts.

Look at it, think it through, see how visible the point is all the time and see how it will reach even right into very tight corners.



The insert transfers pressure to the corner and the two adjacent faces.






This one was brand new for under £4 on eBay. It was discontinued by Stanley.


  1. Jeff on 13 October 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I would submit that the Stanley 47-065 was their best mass produced marking gauge. It has the essential advantages that you outline but with some aesthetic and material (brass in lieu of plastic) upgrades.

    • Paul Sellers on 13 October 2011 at 7:05 pm

      Yes, that works doesn’t it? I personally don’t like metal wear plates because depending on where you are they can protrude in high moisture seasons and gouge the work. I have well used marking gauges over a hundred years old and indeed my own are now 45 years old and they show no signs of uneven surface wear even though I use them every day.
      Thanks for your great input on this. I am really enjoying the home made changes I made to my gauge as much as any other. I think that I will do this to all the gauges in the class tools.

  2. Leonardo Sosinski on 14 June 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Mr. Paul, thank you for the lessons, I really appreciate all the knowledge.
    I’m sorry for the simplicity of the question, but how is the name, or how can I search internet for those plastic parts?

  3. Leonardo Sosinski on 15 June 2014 at 3:58 am

    Just adding; I livre in Brasil thats why I don’ t know the exacts words/name. Greetins frim Porto Alegre/ Br

  4. António on 15 June 2014 at 10:24 am

    Hi to all.

    Mr Sellers hope I’m not intruding!

    Translating the tools names from english to portuguese is a bit awkward because. So maybe this will help.

    Olá Leonardo Sosinski

    Envio este link com alguns nomes e as traduções apropriadas. Durante uns tempoes também tive muitas dificuldades.

    Para o parafuso o mais indicado seria um “parafuso de orelhas” ou “thumb screw”

    Hope this will help

    António, from POrtugal

  5. Leonardo Sosinski on 15 June 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you Antonio.
    The problem here is the insert. I’m planning to build a new one gauge and according to Mr. Sellers:
    The insert transfers pressure to the corner and the two adjacent faces.
    I would like to put one kind of this insert, is it possible to find or it’s just a proprietary model?
    Good Sunday to all

  6. Ryan O'Hayre on 10 January 2018 at 5:01 am

    This blog post states there are “patterns I gave in the previous blogs”. I am not able to find those previous blogs despite lots of searching. I did find a blog post where he altered another gauge by removing the pin and then drilling it diagonally, but …. I guess I have two questions (and I know this post is from 6 years ago) ….

    Are there patterns for building your own 5061 gauge? If so, can you reply with a link to that blog post as I’m not able to find it. I think that would be a great project.

    If there are not patterns, can you tell me which gauge Paul started with when he altered the pin to go diagonally?

    • Paul Sellers on 10 January 2018 at 7:20 am

      No, there is no pattern for making the whole gauge and without going through the blog I can’t remember what this ‘pattern’ refers to now. And you can drill cross-corner of any marking gauge to ‘trail’ the pin, I’ve done it with three or four of mine

      • Ryan O'Hayre on 10 January 2018 at 3:20 pm

        Thank you, especially for the quick response.

  7. Tone on 19 April 2018 at 1:47 pm

    I recently bought several marking & combination gauges at a local vintage tool stall. The prices were a little better than ebay (and Amazon), no shipping costs and I was able to choose ones that looked good to me. I only planned to buy one but, having chosen a clean, simple combination gauge, a cheap marking gauge looked like a good deal too and then a fancier, more expensive combination gauge was negotiated to a more attractive price too. Last week I was visiting a vintage/antique shop with an elderly relative and noticed that they too had several similar gauges in the £3-£10 range, in decent working condition (modern not antiques) – I don’t need any more gauges but nice to know that they are readily available, locally, at reasonable prices, if needed.