|Project by rwyoung||posted 09-03-2010 05:09 AM||2217 views||9 times favorited||13 comments|
Decided to spend a little time in the shop and make some small try squares. Cherry (slightly curly) fence with hard maple beam. Fiddled about with some profiling of the fence and beam. I like the ovolo profile better, might keep playing with the other one.
Unlike a machinist square, a wooden try square is only supposed to be right angles between the inside of the fence to the outside of the arm. Looking at the square with the ovolo profile, that would be the two longest edges.
The squaring-up of the squares is pretty easy, just make a test mark on the edge of a board, flip the square and make a second mark. If the lines are paralle, the square is square. If not, remove a touch of wood from the “thick” part of the beam and try again.
Table saw to cut the mortise when both fences were attached as part of a 5” long piece of stock. Cut a mortise in each end and then sawed the fence blank in two. The beam was planed down to fit.
Aproximately 2-3/8” for the fence and 3” for the beam at their longest. The remainder of the dimentions for the fence are 3/4” (-ish) wide and 3/8” (-ish) thick. Measured one time and just planed until things were smooth and square. Never bothered to measure after that. :) The beams started out at about 1” wide and a little more than 1/8” thick. Again, planed to fit and correct the square. After that I really don’t care what their exact size is!
BLO and beeswax for a finish.
Slowly making my scrap pile smaller. One (or two) homemade tools at a time. :)
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