Try Square of brass and wood

  • Advertise with us
Project by PDF posted 02-18-2012 06:02 AM 7977 views 30 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this project in a recent Popular Woodworking and was inspired, plus I had some cocobolo and brass left from my last project. It took longer that I thought it would to get these done. There are two more still in the works, one of ebony and another of ziricote. Since I had to buy the brass for the blade in a large quantity, I decided to make a bunch, pick my favorite, and give the rest away. I plan to keep the ebony one, but it is a fighter and it is not going as smoothly as these three. Satisfying project with a good weight in the hand.

23 comments so far

View Vince's profile


1153 posts in 3604 days

#1 posted 02-18-2012 06:33 AM

Those are very nice squares, how thick are the brass straight edge pieces?
Nice project I’ll have to check out that issue of popular woodworking.

-- Vince

View JohnMeeley's profile


255 posts in 2508 days

#2 posted 02-18-2012 09:16 AM

They are quite beautiful. Your fit and finish is spot on.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

View helluvawreck's profile


32087 posts in 3041 days

#3 posted 02-18-2012 12:46 PM

These are very nice and they will certainly enhance your shop. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View waho6o9's profile


8482 posts in 2752 days

#4 posted 02-18-2012 12:46 PM

Well done PDF! What type of adhesive did you use? Thanks for posting.

View DIYaholic's profile


19660 posts in 2850 days

#5 posted 02-18-2012 12:48 PM

Those sure are PURDY! Purdy Damn Fine!

Nicely done. Someone (people) is/are going to be extremely lucky & excited to recieve one!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

View ed220's profile


624 posts in 3568 days

#6 posted 02-18-2012 01:50 PM

Very nice. Great construction.

View Terry's profile


205 posts in 3808 days

#7 posted 02-18-2012 02:15 PM

These are very nice. Would you share your source for the brass?

View Bsmith's profile


330 posts in 2845 days

#8 posted 02-18-2012 02:36 PM

Those are very nice. I would like to read about the process to make them. Oh, and by the way. You said, “Give the others away….” great job!

-- Bryan

View PDF's profile


8 posts in 2865 days

#9 posted 02-18-2012 03:02 PM

Thanks for the kind words.

Vince – the straight edge legs are 1/8 by 1 1/2 bar stock. It really does give it a hefty feel that is nice at the bench.

Waho6o9 – I used Gorilla Glue’s epoxy syringe to initially attach the brass and then drilled, countersunk, and tapped in flathead brass 4-40 machine thread fasteners. Once tight, I machined off the heads so that when all worked well, you can’t see the pins that remain at all (if it didn’t, as happened a few times, you see a small ring). The epoxy worked well as long as I didn’t heat up the brass with the sander when trying to get them flat before I got the fasteners in.

Terry – My best local source for local brass is a place in Redwood City, Ca called Allen Steel. He has most everything in a funky, industrial location and sells the brass by weight. The Popular Woodworking article suggested McMaster-Carr for an online option. I bought some from them when I didn’t have time to make it to Allen Steel.

Bsmith – The article in Popular Woodworking is in the October 2011 issue. As always, it didn’t quite work out as easily as it was written in there, but it sure was helpful.

View toconnel50's profile


14 posts in 2513 days

#10 posted 02-18-2012 03:24 PM

Very Challenging project… It’s not anything I would attempt… I admire your woodworking and metal skills… How do I get on the Free list???? Great job…. Tommy

View Routerisstillmyname's profile


763 posts in 3684 days

#11 posted 02-18-2012 04:22 PM

Well since i am addicted to squares and collect them all i can say is DROOL

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

View Dennisgrosen's profile


10880 posts in 3290 days

#12 posted 02-18-2012 05:26 PM

great work …..looking realy good :-)

thanks for sharing


View bigpops0259's profile


302 posts in 4324 days

#13 posted 02-18-2012 05:30 PM

Pretty Darn nice. look just like my set of Bridge City Squares. And I paid a lot more for them. Now, how do you etch in the inch marks in? Great project!!!

-- Marty Ohio

View tnwood's profile


261 posts in 3261 days

#14 posted 02-18-2012 09:15 PM

Beautiful! Please post the pics of the ebony when it is finished. That should be spectacular.

View Tim Dahn's profile

Tim Dahn

1568 posts in 3740 days

#15 posted 02-18-2012 09:43 PM

Excellent looking shop made tools.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

showing 1 through 15 of 23 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics