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Project by mpmitche posted 01-04-2011 04:54 AM 2668 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this try squre from an article and plan I purchased from Popular Woodworking Magazine. It was a pretty easy project and made completely with handtools. The wood is cherry with birch dowels and finished with oil/varnish and wax. The overall size is about 15” by 10”.

-- Mike, Western New York





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#1 posted 01-04-2011 05:46 AM

Looks handy. nice work

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 07:53 AM

Nice work. How did you calibrate it?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 09:42 AM

i´m sure you will love to work with it every time you pull it out

thank´s for sharing
Dennis

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 11:51 AM

3fingerpat above, made me one last yr as a surprise. I use it all the time. I really like these.

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

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 02:30 PM

Thanks everyone, I have been using it for a few weeks now and it is much nicer than a cold metal one in my unheated shop.
Topamax, I used it to draw a line on a board and then fliped it over and drew a matching line. The lines were further apart at one end than the other when I started so I planed one end down a little and tried again. It only took a little bit to get both sides of the blade square to the handle.
Ken, I wish I had made a few more. I am going to make some smaller ones but I only had a small amont of quarter sawn stock to work with. Next time I see some good material I’m going to get more.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#6 posted 01-04-2011 03:53 PM

It’ll always give you great pleasure to use. Nice job.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 01-04-2011 04:57 PM

Boy! really nice work and a tool to be proud of.

For Christmas, my son made me the English layout square, which we saw at the WIA conference, and was later published in “Popular Woodworking”. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/41560

Do you think a Roubo try square would look good made out of curly maple? I gotta get to work on this. thanks for the inspiration.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#8 posted 01-05-2011 01:06 AM

mpmitche, That procedure should do it.

8iowa, I think it would look great, but I would never trust it without checking it. That is one reason most tools are made with cold steel, they don’t move with the weather cycles ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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mpmitche

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#9 posted 01-05-2011 04:58 AM

8iowa, I think you could make it out of maple. I used quartersawn material because I thought it would be a little more stable (and was recommended in the article) but if you check it every once in awhile it should be fine. That layout square is on my list of projects and I think I’ll use some hard maple I got from a friend to build mine. The only problem is I don’t really know what a layout square is for?

Topamax, Cold Steel is one of the reasons I made this. My shop isn’t heated and steel is hard on my hands in the winter. This wood square feels so much better in the cold.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#10 posted 06-16-2011 02:30 PM

Nice work, good choice of wood, that will aged beautifully!!!

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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#11 posted 06-16-2011 02:41 PM

great work. I like the detail you’ve cut into the ends.

-- Anthony

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