I’ve been out side the shop doing some other things like yard work and little fall camping, plus I was waiting on the dowel plate from LN.That said this weekend I found some time this weekend. The over process I’m flowing is based on a few articles found online on the making of a try square. The first one was completely by hand and the other a bit more power tool friendly. I’m splitting the difference. ;-)
I left off in the first post with the parts made and ready to be joined. I decided this would be a good project to learn a little about the use of a dowel plate to make my own dowels. LN offers an article by David Charlesworth download and although I did read it the process is quite straight forward. You cut the wood to size, rounded the edges slightly, (I used a plane) then hammer it through the plate. I’ve seen people make fancy holders for a vice but I just positioned it over a hole in my bench, it’s really that simple. I found I did get some chips at the ends so you should make them a bit longer .
Once the 1/4 “ dowels were done I figured out placement and drilled through the handle using scrap in place of the blade. I squared up some scrap to use as a clamping jig, then glued and clamped it. Wile clamped I drilled through the blade and hammered in the pegs. It was really hard to see the grain on this darker wood but I did my best to match everything.
The pegs are enough to hold It square so I removed it from the jig so I could work on the next one. Just to be double safe I put one clamp on them for a few hours.
Ready for finishing
Hopefully this weekend I should have time to finish up.