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I found most squares available too big and clumsy and was doing a lot of classic furniture at the time. Most of the work was on stiles, rails, stretchers and such so I decided upon 3 inches/75 mm. The woods are Brazilian Rosewood,African Blackwood and Beech. The blade I made from an old backsaw. I find it light and functional.





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1412 days ago

Very nice square well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Bearpie

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#2 posted 1412 days ago

Nice! Is this a tool for checking squareness without all the measurement lines? Looks like you put some time into this tool and it shows. Must be one of your treasures.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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toolchap

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#3 posted 1412 days ago

Hello Bearpie…friend o’ mine. This is used daily….is at the bench now on a project I will soon share with you. In my cupboard I have mostly traditional tools but there is one, a Mitotuyo combination square which I used to zero-square this one. I use that when I need measurements. Mostly I am doing the marking off…...I don’t know if you find that part boring, doing the dovetails for four drawers, it drives me dilly…and yes I know, I could mechanise and jig and do all kinds of stuff. I dont want to….I like the old way.

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Abbott

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#4 posted 1412 days ago

That’s real nice toolchap, I know exactly what you mean. For the past few months I have been watching for an old square.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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toolchap

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#5 posted 1412 days ago

Hello Abbott…truly..why don’t you make one? I find working with my own tools so pleasureable. Old sawblade steel is tough, yet can be drilled. Old squares invariably are worn and out of true. I have so many I have lost count and I gave up. Keep in mind that the heavier the square, the higher the chance of it being knocked out of square when it falls from the bench. Sod’s law causes it to fall on a diagonal on the blade edge…..know what I mean?

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Abbott

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#6 posted 1412 days ago

I hadn’t thought of building my own square until now, I just may do that :) As far as Sod’s Law I bent the table on my Skillsaw a few weeks ago. I watched it fall out of the corner of my eye and it hit right on the front right corner of the table grrr…

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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YoungestSon

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#7 posted 1412 days ago

I am always amazed by where people find the parts for their tools. I have several old hand saws that I can now use for some of my own tools. Ypu did a nice job on the square.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 1412 days ago

Very nice. I love hand made tools!!!! Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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Div

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#9 posted 1412 days ago

Greetings brother Toolchap! Nice to see you here, showing some of your beautiful tools.
YoungestSon: Don, old handsaws make fantastic scrapers as well.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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toolchap

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#10 posted 1412 days ago

Abbot, how about plugging the beltsander in after someone else carried it and locked the switch. One loses all dignity running after a screaming and careering beltsander.Don thanks, the tools you see are all built from scrap pieces actually, barring the bronze lever caps.

Thanks to all for the encouragement. You lot might not know this but Div does, I stopped for quite a few years. You guys have inspired me and I thank you all…Div…you nutcase, hugs to you, I love you dude. He he…remember that bowed and twisted poplar?..he he he…wait

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Abbott

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#11 posted 1412 days ago

Abbot, how about plugging the beltsander in after someone else carried it and locked the switch.

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Yep, I know what you mean :)

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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NormG

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#12 posted 1412 days ago

great innovative solution to to an all to common problem. nice job

-- Norman

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mpmitche

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#13 posted 1412 days ago

It looks great. Would you mind telling how you made it? I’m mostly curious how you connected the wood and steel, it looks like some brass peened in there?

-- Mike, Western New York

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Wolffarmer

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#14 posted 1412 days ago

I accidentally end up with as 2 inch engineers square. Ended up using it a lot, it is very handing for a lot of things. Nice square you made.

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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toolchap

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#15 posted 1412 days ago

Helllo Mike, a quick summary. I took two pieces of brass plate about 2 mm thick, shaped them and drilled them,inlaid on either side exactly opposite each other.Using a razor saw (Tedious part here) cut the slit for a tight fit. Place the blade in with a slow cure epoxy just for positioning and set with precision square. When dry,drill the 3 holes @ 3.2mm and then brazing rods peened and rivetted.

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