Roubo try square

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Project by need2boat posted 11-21-2011 07:38 PM 4088 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like many, been on the list of shop made tools since reading the The Anarchist’s Tool Chest. The construction is straight forward just need to keep checking things for square. ;-) this was also my first time using a dowel plate which worked great. I’ll for sure be using if in the future.


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#1 posted 11-21-2011 08:23 PM

Very nice! I’ve been wondering about a dowel plate, too. Seems like a much better way to get what I need (dowels) quickly, in the material I need, vs. planning a trip to the hardware store OR keeping such things in inventory (of every size and species I might want…)

Thanks for posting!

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

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#2 posted 11-21-2011 08:26 PM

VERY well done Joe. Much nicer looking than the ones I did. Any reason the different orientation of the dowels in the corners? Just asking, both look fine.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 11-21-2011 08:30 PM

No, no real reason other then wanting try it both ways to see how it balances. I did see a few examples where 4 dowels were used but that seemed a bit heavy.


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#4 posted 11-21-2011 08:33 PM


For sure the dowel plate works really easy and way faster then a trip to the store.


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#5 posted 11-21-2011 11:58 PM

nice to see them finished ….. well done :-)

keep up making those shoptools …... we love to droooool over them :-)


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#6 posted 11-22-2011 12:38 PM

A buddy here on LJ’s made me one of these I use all the time. Great work.

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

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#7 posted 11-24-2011 05:25 AM

I think the dowel placement on the small square looks best and it has great proportions too. I’ll bet they’re both real comfortable in the hand.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#8 posted 11-24-2011 05:38 AM

Beautiful shop made squares !
But why are the ends so nicely shaped ?
Decoration or practical ?

Thanks Kiefer

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 11-27-2011 04:32 AM


I can’t say for sure either or both. From what I’ve read some say they used molding details on the squares to use as template in future work others say it was done for beauty. I’ve also read that angle cutting the ends allows the wood to adjust to humidity. Much like they a coffin plane.


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#10 posted 01-14-2012 06:45 AM

Looks cool…

But I would be aware that since wood can sweel and shrink due to humidity that it could slightly off set it all
(thats why I don’t like wooden rules etc…)

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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