Projects in process. . . #6: Roubo try square part two

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by need2boat posted 11-14-2011 08:09 PM 2539 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: try square A La Roubo Part 6 of Projects in process. . . series Part 7: Chair style saw benches »

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.


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

3 comments so far

View Dennisgrosen's profile


10880 posts in 3139 days

#1 posted 11-15-2011 12:16 AM

looking goood sofare :-)
though I personly wood have used different coloured woodtypes :-)

take care

View need2boat's profile


544 posts in 2717 days

#2 posted 11-15-2011 12:22 AM

Yea, the thing is I bought so me 1/4 saw straight gran wood to make a few shop tools from and at the time I hadn’t thought about ripping the wood on my band saw. I thought I’d be using something 4/4 thick. As it turned out I found some thicker wood but ripping it I ended up with enough to make 3. One for a gift and the other two for me. ;-0


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

View Brit's profile


7385 posts in 2867 days

#3 posted 11-15-2011 12:44 AM

They look fantastic Joe. Definitely on the to do list. Was there a reason why the dowels are going in different directions if you know what I mean, or were you just using a bit of aritistic license? :-)

What finish are you going to use?

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics