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A square from a brass ruler

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 10-06-2017 08:57 PM 570 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another use for the brass rulers I’ve been getting cheaply. I wanted a medium size square and this fit the bill. I simply cut a scrap piece of mahogany and carefully cut a kerf just less than the width of the ruler with my band saw. Then I widened the kerf with my toolbox saw.

The ruler was then glued into the kerf using epoxy and squared with a speed square. After it set, I checked the squareness and drilled holes to add pins, 2 on each side to keep the squareness (or at least help.)

The protruding bit of the ruler was carefully ground off and the wood sanded. Then I cleaned up the brass. Did I ever mention that I’m a sucker for brass tools?

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 10-07-2017 02:05 AM

Nice looking tool. Brass is always nice, just not much for polishing brass these days. LOL ah the memories from the military….

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 10-07-2017 05:21 AM

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#3 posted 10-07-2017 08:00 AM

Good work! I’m surprised how those home made stuff can be more precise than industrial.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 10-07-2017 12:11 PM

My brass starts out bright, but I let it gain that lovely patina of age.


Nice looking tool. Brass is always nice, just not much for polishing brass these days. LOL ah the memories from the military….

- woodbutcherbynight


-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 10-07-2017 01:37 PM

Dave, you did a nice job on this square.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#6 posted 10-09-2017 04:17 PM

Very nicely made, Dave! Where is your maker’s mark?

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 10-09-2017 09:53 PM

Nice looking square, Dave! How did you test it for square?

(By the way—you gotta polish that brightwork, sailor…......!)

... Where is your maker s mark?

- CFrye

Candy, mine’s in my bourbon decanter…............!

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Dave Rutan

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#8 posted 10-09-2017 11:10 PM



Very nicely made, Dave! Where is your maker s mark?

- CFrye

Um, it’s on the bottom end of the wood, yeah… (or at least it will be after I bring it home and put it there…) Oops! ;-)

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#9 posted 10-09-2017 11:14 PM



Nice looking square, Dave! How did you test it for square?

(By the way—you gotta polish that brightwork, sailor…......!)

Patina is keena (keener)

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#10 posted 10-09-2017 11:17 PM



Nice looking square, Dave! How did you test it for square?

- Mean_Dean

While the epoxy was setting I checked it by holding it onto a speed square. After it was set, I did the old draw a line, flip, and draw another line trick, using my table saw edge as reference. I checked it again after putting the pins in. See the 4th picture.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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