|Project by bch||posted 11-28-2014 05:16 AM||1280 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
After a summer of sailing and fun, it is again winter here in Michigan and I am again entering the wood shop. I thought I’d get started with something quick and easy to warm up. I’ve been wanting a larger try-square than my five inch, and so made this one. It’s 12×18 inches, made from walnut and an unknown “couch wood”, with oak pins. I finished it with BLO and wax. Even though the joint has a small gap (I am still learning), I’m happy with it and think it will be quite serviceable for me. It is a tool, after all.
I learned from a fellow LumberJock that you can take apart an old couch and get a lot of good, very well seasoned wood. A few years ago I disassembled a 30-40 year old love-seat my wife and I inherited from some family friends a decade ago when we were first married. While looking through my wood stock for a piece that was straight-grained and quarter-sawn-like as possible for the blade so that it would be stable, I found what I was looking for in my “couch wood” stock. It has some character given the black lines from old staple holes, but I find it charming and like that I re-purposed the wood.
To my surprise after planing the “fence”, I found that it had a heart shaped knot, reminiscent of the Stanley “Sweet heart” line, so I felt this was a good omen and I should use the board anyway.
Testing it for accuracy after the glue dried, I found that it was off by about 1/16” at the far end—pretty good for a first “try”, I think. I have chosen to leave it as-is for now—I will give the wood some time to acclimate before I make any adjustments and I can always true it up again, later.
Thanks for looking.