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Project by rwyoung posted 1426 days ago 1819 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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. :)

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.





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swirt

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#1 posted 1426 days ago

Nice work. I like the look. I do wonder about the figured wood. I’ve always heard / read that these kind of things should be made from straight grained wood for stability. I’d be interested to hear how these are holding true after a change of seasons.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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rwyoung

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#2 posted 1426 days ago

Well, given their small size the percentage change will be pretty dang minute. :) The figure isn’t so severe that it interfered with planing using common angle planes so I’m really not too worried.

Besides, I can always true them up again! ;)

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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Chip

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#3 posted 1425 days ago

Functional pieces of art. Really nice work rw.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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BigTiny

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#4 posted 1425 days ago

Cute as a bug’s ear!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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mafe

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#5 posted 1425 days ago

They are just wonderful, really cute.
Thank you for sharing this with us,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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spud72

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#6 posted 1425 days ago

I Like them, nice work

Guy

-- Guy,PEI

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AaronK

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#7 posted 1425 days ago

nice. I should do this with scrap too.

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 1425 days ago

Those are real special. You could make a whole set, make a nice case, and hang it the den for a conversation piece. Really nice.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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rwyoung

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#9 posted 1425 days ago

@’wreck -

Ooooorrrrrrr,

I could use them! :) /snicker/

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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Ken90712

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#10 posted 1425 days ago

I received one from 3Fingerpat as a gift. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/26636 I just was using it yesterday squaring up some more cuttingboard orders. I like these alot, and I might have to make one as a smaller one would be nice as well. Thx for sharing

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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jusfine

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#11 posted 1425 days ago

Nicely done. I like them!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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Div

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#12 posted 1425 days ago

Sweeeeet!!

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 1020 days ago

Very nice, rw.

Are you still cruising LJs? If so, sure do like your hand tool work AND love the cupboard blog (that I wish were a project so I could Favorite it…) I’m thinking of making that same cabinet, and the use of milkpaint might be just the thing to cover the salvaged (but not quality) pine to be used.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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