Try Square and Tools Handles for the Swap

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 02-19-2014 04:01 AM 1915 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the Roubo influenced try squares I made for the latest Lumberjocks swap. They are made of quartersawn bubinga and quartersawn white oak, with brass pins.

As a bonus I threw in some burled walnut tool handles from a batch I recently made. They probably don’t fit the theme…but oh well. I figured my recipient (AirFramer) could make them into screwdrivers, rasp handles, or whatever.

I sure enjoyed making them. I remember taking some pics of the process but I’ll be darned if I can find the pics now. I cut the kerf/slot with the tablesaw….the rest was done with and tools. A big plastic drafting square was used to get them dead square.

I made several of these so I could have some for my shop too. I’ve been using my set for the past month and I really like ‘em. The wood is much lighter and warmer to the hand than a metal square.

These swaps are fun. Peace out, Red

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#1 posted 02-19-2014 04:13 AM

Love the handles. I’m certain Airframer will really appreciate them.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 02-19-2014 04:37 AM

Ya know, that’s something I never thought to make out of wood. I like the moulding style ends on the handles. Gives them a nice flow.

-- If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life

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#3 posted 02-19-2014 04:57 AM

Nice Red – AF is one lucky galoot.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 05:04 AM

I love them! “Warmer to the hand” is a good way of putting it. And they have a bit of heft to them too which I like. Excellent craftsmanship all around including the tool handles. Thanks Red!

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

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#5 posted 02-19-2014 06:35 AM

Really nice job all around on the handles and squares.


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#6 posted 02-19-2014 09:55 AM

Great work Red… Congrats AF :) No doubt a welcomed shop addition!

-- Dan

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#7 posted 02-19-2014 10:49 AM

Great work, A fellow LJ made me one a cpl yrs ago and I cant for the life of me remember his name. That makes me worry or think I’m going brain dead….

Great work on yours….

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

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#8 posted 02-19-2014 12:53 PM

Great work, Red.

-- - Billy

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#9 posted 02-19-2014 01:30 PM

Those look amazing, Red, but then again, that seems to be common amongst all of your projects. Since you’re on my buddy list, I get an alert when you post a new project/blog. Then I click the link and look at whatever the most recent cool project is. Then I think about my half-finished 3-month-long project in the garage that I haven’t touched in 2 weeks because of one thing or another. Then I feel bad. Some “buddy”!

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#10 posted 02-19-2014 01:44 PM

Great stuff Red. You guys are rockin’ it out in this swap.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#11 posted 02-19-2014 02:27 PM

Very nice squares, Red! Classic shape and lovely woods. I’m sure they look awesome in person!

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

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#12 posted 02-19-2014 02:29 PM

Very nice Red.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 02-19-2014 03:09 PM

I really like these, I need to make me a couple of squares.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 02-19-2014 03:30 PM

Nice job Red.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#15 posted 02-19-2014 03:57 PM

They came out beautifully.

-- ~Tony

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