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Shopmade Dovetail Marker and Try Square

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Project by Airframer posted 09-02-2013 07:12 PM 3495 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a couple of layout tools I tossed together last night and finished up this morning.

I wanted something quick and simple to break in my new workbench with and these fit the bill nicely. And I can use them to help with the Tool Cabinet I am planning to build very soon.

The first is a small 5” try square made from Jatoba and Brass with 3 copper rivets and the second is a Dovetailed 1:6 Dovetail Marker. The inspiration for which is from Derek at http://www.inthewoodshop.com/

These were my second attempt (well really my 5th) at dovetails and unlike the giant ones on my bench these are tiny and presented their own challenges lol. I am getting better at them though.

Thanks for looking.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"





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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 09-02-2013 07:57 PM

Two more nice AF projects. You’re setting the bar quite high!

Are those 1:6 dovetails on your 1:6 dovetail marker?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Airframer

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#2 posted 09-02-2013 07:58 PM

Why yes… yes they are lol. I was planning to do both a 1:6 and a 1:8 but ran out of brass so the other on will have to wait a bit.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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CL810

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#3 posted 09-02-2013 08:16 PM

Nice. How did you fix the brass to the wood? Epoxy?

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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terryR

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#4 posted 09-02-2013 08:24 PM

Very nice, Eric! I like the dovetailed dovetail markers.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Airframer

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#5 posted 09-02-2013 08:33 PM

Clayton – Yep I used epoxy to hold them on. I had considered rivets but they are affixed pretty strongly with the Gorilla 5 min epoxy so i don’t think they are needed.

Thanks Terry :-)

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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theoldfart

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#6 posted 09-02-2013 11:27 PM

Eric, nice tools. Where did you get your rivets and what tools did you use to set them?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Airframer

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#7 posted 09-02-2013 11:46 PM

I’ll just say that the rivets are Mil-Spec and leave it at that ;-).. as for how to set them.. I just epoxied those in.

Squeezing a rivet into wood gets tricky. The rivet usually likes to bend in the middle as you squeeze it which splits the wood. I figured since these were just holding the brass in position there wasn’t a structural need for them to be “set”.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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theoldfart

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#8 posted 09-02-2013 11:59 PM

Eric, thanks.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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davidroberts

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#9 posted 09-03-2013 03:44 AM

Nice tools. I really admire folks that “make their own”. I could be wrong, usually am, but I believe you made a try square. A try square has a fixed blade. A combination square is multifunctional. What you typically in stores and TV shows. Most common is the “square head” and ruler. Starrett invented the combination square and the brand is still considered by many the very best made. Although Brown and Sharp, Mitutoyo, and Lufkin are in the same class, you can’t go wrong kinda tools. Just my 2 cents.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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Airframer

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#10 posted 09-03-2013 04:18 AM

Thanks David. You are correct and the description has been updated :) .

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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HillbillyShooter

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#11 posted 09-03-2013 09:28 PM

Reminds me of the old Bridge City tools—very nicely done. They look like they will be a joy to use. Thank you for your service in the Navy?

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Belg1960

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#12 posted 09-03-2013 10:07 PM

Eric, real nice job on the latest builds. The AF can miss a few rivets or are there rivet counter in the service as well?? I’m a fellow jetter myself.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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Don W

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#13 posted 09-03-2013 10:24 PM

These are a couple of layout tools I tossed together

That made me smile.

Nice work for being tossed together.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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