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US Patent: 985,389
Metal Butt Gage
Christian Bodmer - New Britain, CT

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layout tools : marking gauges : butt gauges

The Stanley Rule & Level Co. - New Britain, CT

The Stanley Rule & Level Co. - New Britain, CT

W. J. Woram
I. W. Chapman
Fred M. Dunnenfleser
Chas. A. Peardy

Patent Dates:
Applied: Mar. 31, 1909
Granted: Feb. 28, 1911

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Perhaps the most famous butt gage patent of all time, and certainly the runaway bestseller. This tool and its brother (985,504) were produced for more than 75 years by the Stanley Tool company.

These tools are perhaps the apex of butt gage design-- they are compact, rugged, adjust easily, and handle the job of hinge mortise marking extremely well. These tools also borrow the "lip" feature from Bodmer's earlier patent (875,688 - 1/7/1908), allowing them to be used as either an inside or outside square.

This version of the tool was designed for marking off hinges from a rabbeted jamb, and automatically adjusts for hing gain using the alternately sharpened points first used in Fulton's Patent of 1888 (386,428). It was produced for many years by Stanley as the #95 and #95G.

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