I’ve had a Veritas metal marking gauge for forever and a day. My only complaints with it are the fence is too small and there is no measurement markings on the shaft (it’s an old version, before they started putting that on them. But, it was mostly about the fence size. So.... just grabbed some scrap.. I had some teak I used for the bar and knob. I think it’s sapelle for the fence. I did buy a couple of brass screws to hold the blade in place and a bigger brass bolt for the knob. Had a brass threaded insert for the knob. Also, used a little more of an old recip blade for the marking blade. also, I did buy the metal ruler off Amazon for a buck-nineteen. I really love this thing and have begun reaching for it all the time now. Plus, I used a few more small scraps from around the shop and practiced some morticing skills.