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Today I’m in Portland, Maine, eating myself sick at Duckfat and studying the architectural details on the old houses in this coastal city.

As I started picking apart some Victorian houses on the city’s east side, I remembered something that a student once said about the English Layout Square I built for the December 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine.

The student held up the square and said, “It looks like the gables on a Victorian house.”

Well dang if he wasn’t right.

Today I saw the English Layout Square everywhere in the city. In fact, I’m to the point where I cannot “un-see” it on a typical Victorian house with gables. Check out these photos.


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