Try Squares

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Project by JimDaddyO posted 07-06-2014 01:11 PM 1711 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a long time since I posted anything. I would be a terrible blogger!

Here are a couple of try squares I make from Walnut and Maple. The walnut was rescued from the firewood pile and the maple I got years ago to use as a fretboard for a guitar that never got built. The maple is very hard, and tough to work, but I got the blades to overlay the same line when flipped on both the top and bottom, so they are pretty square. A challenge in the joinery as the blade is less than the width of my smallest (1/4”) chisel. I messed up the joint on the larger one, thus the decorative ash backing overlay on it. A quick few of coats of shellac and now I have a couple of squares that are nice to use, feel good in the hand, are light, and accurate. One of the projects that was done completely by hand, no power tools. I even got a straight enough cut with my old worn Ryoba. A minor miracle in itself.

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#1 posted 07-06-2014 01:52 PM

Outstanding! I’ve been meaning to try my hand at making try squares but other stuff has gotten in the way lately.

Keep up the great work.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 07-06-2014 02:48 PM

Great job! I love them! They will prove most useful in the shop. It’s nice to get new tools and use scraps to get them, eh? Good photos too

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#3 posted 07-06-2014 07:18 PM

they look great. but can you make them for left handed use?

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#4 posted 07-07-2014 01:37 AM

Beauty and function…great combination!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#5 posted 07-07-2014 04:48 AM

Nice looking squares!


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#7 posted 07-08-2014 05:43 AM

Great looking squares

-- Norman

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