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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 04-25-2020 08:24 PM 854 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During the last surprise swap, Bill Berklich made Squares Everywhere and I thought that was fairly neat. I’m going to be building a bunch of bookcases for our home, and rather than dive right in, I figured I could procrastinate by building some of my own. I went back and looked up Chris Schwarz's writeup online, and then started digging through my scraps.

I found a fairly nice scrap of mahogany, and a birch 1×3. Since I wasn’t sure what I was doing, I slapped together the square you see in pictures 3 and 4. Nothing fancy at all, but it’s actually square and I can use it to mark edges, but only in one direction. And shaping the mahogany got me some practice cutting curves and such (and encouraged me to finish my spokeshave so I could clean up the curvy edges).

Next was putting a profile on the birch board so I could make a fancy handle. I cut a rebate and plowed a groove in the birch, then got out my hollows and rounds and made the profile you see on the handles in pictures 1 and 2. Then I cut another rebate in the back of the board and sawed off a couple lengths in the section where my profile worked cleanly. I got the mahogany shaped, and carved a few patterns in it. The longer lines are done with a straight gouge, stabbing in twice to make a V, which is a technique I want to get better at for carving letters. And it meant I had to find my gouges and carpet tape so I could hold the piece while carving it.

Then it was time to glue things up. I drilled a couple 4/16th holes, and used some dowels to align the pieces so they’d stay square. After gluing them together, I had to run a plane along the edges to get things actually square, and run a chisel along the joint to clean up the glue squeeze-out.

Then a coat of linseed oil, and a light coat of wax, and it’s done, and I managed to put off the real project for almost a full week.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 04-25-2020 09:00 PM

Well, the squares look pretty good, nice ornamentation and carving, but I keep wondering – why the desire to delay a project?, surely you aren’t getting pre-project jitters.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 04-25-2020 09:16 PM

I have to make a bigger version if I am going to cut down the Silky Oak windows I am working on.

They need to be square and all the hinge cutouts sawn off, if I am going to make a glass show case out of them.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 04-25-2020 11:15 PM

I’m delaying because I haven’t fully unpacked my shop. Still trying to find all my tools, and I don’t want to start a big project until I know I have everything I need to complete it.

Plus, I’d always meant to make my own square. I ended up with these being 18” long, which means they should be usable for just about anything I plan to tackle. The bookcases will have 16” wide boards on the backs, and none of my existing squares would handle that.

Rob, this design might not be what you need, but you could make one big enough to try.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 04-26-2020 12:29 AM

Nice Dave

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#5 posted 04-26-2020 02:46 AM

Thanks, Keebler.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 04-26-2020 03:32 AM

So you decided to be a square huh Dave. Why not, as long as they work. Cool looking square.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 04-26-2020 03:38 AM

I yam what I yam, Dave. And yeah, they seem to work, plus if they don’t, I can fix them with a plane.

Thanks!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 04-26-2020 11:01 AM

Sweet!! I love the decoration details

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#9 posted 04-26-2020 12:05 PM

Thanks, Bill!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 04-26-2020 12:44 PM

Very nice Dave, I need to try that.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 04-26-2020 12:50 PM

Thanks, Jeff! Pretty easy, but there’s lots of fiddling with details you can do if you’d like.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 04-26-2020 03:12 PM

Nice! Those details sure look better than my framing square!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#13 posted 04-26-2020 04:02 PM

Thanks, Steven! I expect I’ll be practicing my carving on other tools and shop furniture projects for a while. I mostly see what’s wrong, as we all do with our own work.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 04-26-2020 04:11 PM

very nice looking squares you have handmade there Dave GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#15 posted 04-26-2020 05:13 PM

Thanks, Tony! I blame Bill!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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