"Knot heart" Wooden Try Square

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Project by bch posted 11-28-2014 05:16 AM 2340 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a summer of sailing and fun, it is again winter here in Michigan and I am again entering the wood shop. I thought I’d get started with something quick and easy to warm up. I’ve been wanting a larger try-square than my five inch, and so made this one. It’s 12×18 inches, made from walnut and an unknown “couch wood”, with oak pins. I finished it with BLO and wax. Even though the joint has a small gap (I am still learning), I’m happy with it and think it will be quite serviceable for me. It is a tool, after all.

I learned from a fellow LumberJock that you can take apart an old couch and get a lot of good, very well seasoned wood. A few years ago I disassembled a 30-40 year old love-seat my wife and I inherited from some family friends a decade ago when we were first married. While looking through my wood stock for a piece that was straight-grained and quarter-sawn-like as possible for the blade so that it would be stable, I found what I was looking for in my “couch wood” stock. It has some character given the black lines from old staple holes, but I find it charming and like that I re-purposed the wood.

To my surprise after planing the “fence”, I found that it had a heart shaped knot, reminiscent of the Stanley “Sweet heart” line, so I felt this was a good omen and I should use the board anyway.

Testing it for accuracy after the glue dried, I found that it was off by about 1/16” at the far end—pretty good for a first “try”, I think. I have chosen to leave it as-is for now—I will give the wood some time to acclimate before I make any adjustments and I can always true it up again, later.

Thanks for looking.

-- --bch

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#2 posted 11-28-2014 06:59 PM

I love wooden squares, a lot of personality. Nice work.

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#3 posted 12-01-2014 01:55 PM

I love it.
It is going to be a favorite for you.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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