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09-23-2009 05:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question tip plane

would anyone with knowledge please share with me where i can get plans, diagrams, etc. on how to make a machinest square, a sliding bevel gauge, mallet, and the like. i have googled what i thought would direct me to the right place but have had no luck. any help in direction is greatky appreciated. thx, wm

-- wm, brandon,ms

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#1 posted 09-23-2009 05:26 PM

Someone here posted a home made square the other day. Maybe a search of this site will help you find something. I don’t remember seeing any sliding bevel squares but there are a lot of mallets here.

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 05:52 PM

roadrunner0925—I’ve made a range of sliding bevels or as Norm says ” my bevel square”. In 1985 I made my first one that has a 12 in blade and a body of ebony then I swithched to Cocobolo. I also made a big one with a 24 inch blade. My LJ bro needed it to help him on boat work. Oh, I almost forgot I sent one to Norm in ‘85 and he still uses it. I also gave one to the late Sam Maloof and I know he used it because when I visited him once it was all beat up. If you would like more information from me I’d gladly help you in the message formate of LJ’s. Take care, bob

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#3 posted 09-23-2009 09:08 PM

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#4 posted 09-23-2009 09:10 PM

Woodworking Magazine just ran an great article on making wooden Try-squares. I think it was in their Autumn 2009.

I’ve also seen articles in ShopNotes on making all of the above, in past issues.

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#5 posted 09-24-2009 04:25 AM

FineWoodworking also has several articles on home-made tools but I think you need a subscription to their online site to access them.

I have a book on hand-made tools but I can’t get to it right now. Will find it later and provide the title in another message.

Also, Wood Magazine’s WoodStore has a section, Collector Series Hand Tools, with plans you can purchase


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#6 posted 09-24-2009 05:22 AM

thank you all very much! this has become a mission of mine. i appreciate all of your responses. wm

-- wm, brandon,ms

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#7 posted 11-01-2013 04:51 AM

I know this thread is old, but here’s two I made:

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