Try Square #1: Trying out a Try square

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Blog entry by Jon3 posted 11-18-2009 11:01 PM 2704 reads 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to make my own try square, in the spirit of the hand tool extravaganza I’ve been into lately. I saw an article by Adam Cherubini on making them, I think in popular woodworking. (If somebody has a link to the issue, let me know!) I don’t have the article handy, but the basis of it was pretty simple.

I grabbed some spare Sipo and some spare Maple that already happened to be an appropriate width, a hair over 1/4” and 3/4” respectively.

Crosscut and hit them with a smoothing plane.

A nice full width mortise courtesy of a tenoning jig. (I’m sure Adam would not approve!) Then get it as close to square as my starret will show me, and some glue and clamps.

After resting overnight, I declamped, and smoothed it, and rechecked for square.

Came out as close as I could get it judging by visible light between it and the reference square.

To ensure no movement, and because it just looks cool, I decided to toss in some pegs out of scrap Padouk. I made a dowel plate (see previous blog post) and whipped out a dowel.

I drilled out some holes.

Then finally pegged and smoothed.

Finished with a thin coat of BLO just to keep the glue off.


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John Stegall

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#1 posted 11-18-2009 11:42 PM

It looks very good. I am sure you will get lots of use out of it.

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 11-19-2009 12:28 AM

Now THAT’S a work of art, brother! I see the heart and passion from you in this project. Very nice.

-- Harold

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#3 posted 11-19-2009 01:05 AM

That is a nice addition to your collection of hand tools.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 11-19-2009 01:48 AM

A very attractive tool. Nicely done.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#5 posted 11-19-2009 03:16 AM

Very, very cool.

It’s HIP to be square, and just as good to try!

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 11-19-2009 03:53 AM

Very nicely done!

How about a picture of that very interesting pencil holder peeking into the last picture?

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#7 posted 11-19-2009 02:33 PM

try this link for pop wood mags. Issue 156 is the one you want

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#8 posted 11-20-2009 09:49 PM


Heh, you caught that? Thats actually a stickform model for a rack for turning tools I had been considering, but eventually discarded. I put the pencils in it originally just to see what it looked like, but then left it there because its easy to grab just one pencil, and with the tips up, i don’t worry about them being dull!

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