I’m sure there a tone of people like me that were inspired to make a few tools after reading Chris schwartz’s blog or books. I do most of my reading on the bus ride into the city and home each day so some books end up taking me sometime to get though but regardless it’s still makes what otherwise can be a stressful part of the day better.
On the list of things is his Roubo try square that he wrote about when working for the popular woodworking. As I find time I will share some of the others I’m making. 36” straight edge and also a saw bench.
Since this would be something I’d be looking at a lot and plus I needed really straight 1/4 sawn I decided to hit the local mill which for me is Willard Brothers and see what they had. Mind you Willards is not the place you want to go too often unless you’ve got a budget. They have a great selection, very friendly help but all those nice woods come at a price.
I found some nice straight grain Macacauba that was in my price range. I got enough to do make both this and straight edge
So once back in the shop I went about the process of getting the stock to size. I ripped the thin pieces down to size on the bandsaw to save wood and squared and planed them by hand.
Once I got them close to size I made a quick jig to help make the bridle joint and then cut two.
With the joint cut I needed to thin the blades to fit. I did this by hand.
With everything fit it was time to add the ogee with a fillet. I tried it two ways with a paper template and also drawing it out. Both worked fine and I cut them out on the band saw, then hand filled to get some practice with my rasps and finally used a sander for the circles.
I finished off everything with the scraper as many of the smaller details just couldn’t be done with paper or a file.
With everything sanded I recheck everything for square.
You can see the joint in the shaving
Next up is to make the dowels and I needed to order a doweling jig as I don’t own anything to turn them on.