Hello, and wecome back to this blog series! Installment #20 deals not with a modification to the actual structure of the chest, but with a change in contents that improved functionality.
One of the items I’m convinced needs to be in the tool chest is a full-sized framing square. You know what I’m talking about, as there are thousands of these tools out there, and likely several in every shop across America. Now that’s not to say we all know how to actually use the devise for laying out jack and valley rafters, bird’s mouth cuts, etc., but that’s not the point. It’s a cool tool and deserves our respect (and a place in the tool chest). I had a problem putting a framing square in the chest, though… the only way I could squirrel it away was by laying it flat on the floor of the chest, along the front and one side. You can see it in this picture.
Not the easiest thing to get out, should I ever need to do some framing. All three sliders had to come out, along with the #50 box and the vertical saw till. And if that weren’t enough of a reason for seeking a better solution, by having the square under the aforementioned till, the top edge was raised 1/8”, blocking the top slider from moving forward an additional couple inches. This was not by design. I did thin the base of the saw till originally, but didn’t want to go too far with it and lived with the reduced accessibility of the middle and bottom sliders.
Enter the solution: a Standard T.D. 101 “Take Down” square.
Many variations out there on the same concept: make a framing square in two pieces, with a way of locking them together when needed. It was an idea that appealed to me and my specific situation, and the search ended last week thanks to the ‘bay. Here’s the T.D. in it’s user-made scabbard, in the main compartment of the chest.
The saw till dropped just enough to allow the top slider to move all the way to the front wall of chest now. Huzzah!
Nothing earth-shaking, then, just an improvement I wanted to put out there in case others suffer at the hands of a non-take-down framing square. As always, thanks for looking.
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