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Lay out Square



In recent years I have joined Chris Vesper on his stand when he comes to Perth for the bi-annual Wood Show. Each time we have fun and make a bit of a spectacle of ourselves, either with a competition or a demonstration. This time I suggested making a wooden layout square (ala Chris Schwarz’s). Well I thought it in keeping with Chris' best-in-the-world layout tools.

We got started on the second day with a few lengths of Marri. These needed to be hand jointed ... basically everything was handmade with the exception of roughly slicing the boards down the centre with a bandsaw. Rasps for mouldings, dovetail saw, chisel and router plane for the half-lap joints. A LV LA Jack plane to joint and finish.

It took more time than we realised - customers come first. I managed to finish half at the time, and then completed the remainder this afternoon. 

This is a little different to the square of CS as I have added a fence on one side. This permits it to double as a layout square and set square. Each leg is 21" long. All connecting pieces are lap joints (tougher to do on an angle). All good practice.







Regards from Perth

Derek 


August, 2012