This Week in the Classroom: Try Squares

My new “little” project obsession:  try squares.  These guys mark boards square.   That’s it.  All they do.  The try, not tri, comes from the act of “trying” an angle to see if it’s square, not three, or tri.

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These tools come together quite easily.  First, I rip a 2×4 into 1/4″ or 3/8″ inch thick strips.  Then I flatten one side of the strip using a hand plane.  After checking each strip for flatness, I rip the piece again on my table saw, creating 1″ wide strips.  A few flicks of the wrist (on the table saw or at the miter-box, depending on my location) and the pieces become square.  Glue three strips together, leaving a space for the blade.  Once the stock dries, I attach the blade using a thick, square speed square as my reference.  Clamp that up for an hour and the tool only awaits embellishment.

I’ll be giving these away at TX/RX Labs at my woodworking class.  Visit (class is FILLED!) on Dec. 1 and see if you can get one!

Make it safe & keep the rubberside down this weekend.  Remember to like WoodshopCowboy on Facebook!