Fibonacci gauges #5: rivets, branding and more…


This is part 5 in a 6 part series: Fibonacci gauges

Fibonacci gauges
rivets, branding and more…

Hi again Craftisan’s.

In the last part we finished the build of the first one, while we are waiting for the screws to arrive.
In this part we will be testing it, branding, playing and I’ll show alternative ways of putting it together, with simple bolts and nuts, or home made rivets.

The finished gauge.
Checking the ratio: app. 20 to 12,4, that’s as close as it gets.
You can check it here:

Let’s test the IKEA drawer, right in front of me.
The hight.

And the width.
Whoooo It’s a golden ratio drawer!

It’s always nice to leave a mark, just for the future and for the joy, well and sometimes to not loose your tools, laugh.

This one is hammered into the wood.
Also added a leather string to hang it.

A gift from a good friend, so I love it for that reason alone.

Still waiting for the book screws to arrive…
Everything else is ready.

Test branding at the bottom on scrap wood.
(Yes that scrap wood, smiles).
And then branding into the Ash.

Now it can move into the work shop.
Can you find it?

The gauge closed up.

Front side.

Back side

Lets eat, now we have seen it done.
I am staying late today, to show some alternative methods of assembling the gauge.

The quick and dirty, just use bolts, washers and self locking nuts.
It might not be as pretty, but it will get the job done and everyone can get these.

This version is not as easy, might even take some training, but it’s cheap and doable, as well as old fashion in a fine way, in my book.
Washers and a rod, this can be brass as here, but any metal, not too hard will do, most easy will be copper as it is easy to shape.

We need a piece that sticks out a little bit on each side of both arms and washers. Actually this mark is a little too much for brass, for copper it would be pefect.

A little too long, but you get the picture.

Now we need jig / tool to make a rivet.
Here just a hex nut bolt… where the rod fits into the hole.

Yes this can actually be enough.

But I’ll make one of my own.

Just drilling a hole of the same diameter as the rod, into a big bolt.

Side note I love that I can always find the turn key.

A magnet from an old hard disk, does the trick.

And some art of course, a life without beauty, is a poor life.
I’m drifting again sorry!

A bolt with a hole, a piece of rod.

It fits.

Now same piece will stick out on each side, when it’s in the hole.

Mounting the bolt in a vice.

In goes the rod.

Parts on top.
Washer, arm, washer arm, washer.

With a flat head hammer, you can start forming the rivet, not too sideways, then you will bend it (I know from experience), but in a light angle and moving around the end in a circle. To slowly make a round head.

Like this.
You can see why I made the rod a wee too long here, because I need an extra washer, since the others had too big holes, you need a washer with a tight fit, like the one on top here, when making rivets.

Once done, you can putt it out of the bolt tool / jig.

Put it on a flat surface and start shaping the other side.

Like this.

One side.

Other side.
Yes I’m not an expert, but this works.

Two scrap pieces are put together.
(Yes those scrap pieces).

Cut the end of, to have a small compass, now that I spend the time.

It will go into my clay tools.

Speaking of compasses, you might have noticed this one earlier, a Japanese compass, that I made years back.
Ok, I’m rambling again, sorry.

Happy here for my a new tool in the workshop and for being able to share this build here with you guys.
A special thought to Martin, who does an enormous effort building this site, I’m really impressed, with both design, fictionality and Martins always quick response and willingness to reply to questions and to make changes.

Bye bye and thanks for watching, time to close up and call it a day.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or that you at least learned something, or enjoyed the ride.

Best thoughts,


MaFe vintage architect and fanatical rhykenologist.

Nicely done Mafe, Thank you for sharing.

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