Wooden Try Squares

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Project by Wayne Precht posted 02-05-2009 05:23 PM 1945 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last weekend I finally got around to a small project I have always wanted to do, a couple of try squares that were really square and could be made to stay that way. I have always loved the look and feel of wooded squares, not sure why. It just seems organically right. My photography skills are still poor, sorry for the shadows and lack of perspective. These are approximately 5” and 7” long. The tongues are quartersawn red oak, the handles are red oak for the small one and some mysterious and probably endangered tropical hardwood that I scavaged from a pallet from Indonesia.

-- --- Wayne.

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#1 posted 02-05-2009 05:58 PM

Pretty. I guess it’s now on my ever-growing list to make.

-- ED

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#2 posted 02-05-2009 05:59 PM

I’d be interested in your technique for building these perfectly square.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-05-2009 06:45 PM

Charlie: You don’t build them square you make them square. =)

Build it ‘fair’, then tune with block plane set for razor thin shavings until you’re accurate.

Use reference straightedge, scribe line, flip square over, scribe new line. If they match up, you’re 90 degrees.

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#4 posted 02-05-2009 08:19 PM

Wayne, nice job on the pair-o-squares.
How did you get the quatersawn oak?
Make it yourself or buy it that way?

-- dick

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#5 posted 02-05-2009 11:31 PM

I like this alot. I’ve been wanting to do
some of these for a while now.

-- -Daniel

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#6 posted 02-06-2009 06:04 AM

A great design. Thanks for showing them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 02-06-2009 01:31 PM

nice work

-- making sawdust....

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