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Melencolia Square - First Attempt

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COMPLETED: July 2014

MATERIAL: Reclaimed Mahogany

GALOOT INDEX: About an 5, as material was resawn and rough-shaped with the bandsaw. All finished surfaces via handplane and rasp.

GENERAL: Ripped some salvaged mahogany stair treads I’ve discussed before, like the moulded edge

and decided to make a square of the kind The Schwarz has been talking about on his blog. A scraps project if you will. Some pictures can talk to events better than I can. Started with two parts, jointed them and glued them together.

Resawed tread scrap and cleaned up the faces.

Cleaned up the moulding and used the #45 to cut a dado for the square ‘blade’ pieces.

And to wrap up, glued pieces and refined all surfaces for a finished product.

Left some legacy finish from tread surfaces just because, finish is beeswax and oil.

Thanks for looking.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 07-11-2014 08:07 PM

Interesting project and post. Had to look up a Melencolia Square and would share the following link with other LJs who find themselves in the same quandary: http://blog.lostartpress.com/2014/05/27/the-melencolia-i-square-part-1/

P.S. Love your DeWalt RAS!

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 07-11-2014 08:13 PM

Thanks for inserting the link, John, and glad you like the RAS! It’s the best power tool in my shop, without question.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 07-11-2014 08:19 PM

Looks great. Thank you for the lesson.

-- ~Tony

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drbyte

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#4 posted 07-11-2014 08:21 PM

The old wooden tools were great to use and make! Good job!

-- Dennis, WV

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#5 posted 07-11-2014 09:21 PM

Cool, Smitty. Would this be used similarly to a speed square?

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#6 posted 07-11-2014 09:34 PM

Nice job, Smitty!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 07-11-2014 09:45 PM

Nice! I want to make one of these. the wood you used is beautiful.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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sepeck

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#8 posted 07-11-2014 10:41 PM

Some additional notes.

“Chris notes ”: http://blog.lostartpress.com/2014/07/07/melencolia-squares-from-neil-cronk/that this guy is selling them. There are some nice pictures here and includes the size. I think that Neil’s are more appropriately sized for anything I would use myself and the style contrast is nice to see.

One or two of these are on my list for sometime this year.

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Tim

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#9 posted 07-11-2014 11:42 PM

That looks great. An impressive result after seeing the boards before reclaiming. Mahogany stairs you say? Must’ve been nice.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 07-11-2014 11:44 PM

Smaller is definitely in the plan. Thanks for the comments, all.

Edit: yes, much like a speed square. Many times that’s all my square is for me anyway!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 07-12-2014 12:49 AM

Like it Smitty, had a chance to use Schwarz’s this past week end and promised myself I’d make a few. Now where do I find mahogany stairs? Hmmmm!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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August McCormick Lehman III

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#12 posted 07-12-2014 01:17 AM

Hey smith very question
What brand square is that on the first pic?
And nice radial saw heavy duty.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 07-12-2014 02:09 AM

August, it’s a SW Stanley square.

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August McCormick Lehman III

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#14 posted 07-12-2014 02:28 AM



August, it s a SW Stanley square.

- Smitty_Cabinetshop


Thanks bud
I’m intrigue by old tool

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#15 posted 07-12-2014 02:31 AM

No problem, August. I 90% of what I have is old tool stuff.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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