I got to spend a little time in the Marketplace area of the Woodworking in America conference this morning and got a first look at some new hand tools that will be available soon.
First stop was with Dave Jeske at Blue Spruce Toolworks. Dave has a new line of try squares coming out this fall (they will be ready in time for our Woodworking in America Hand Tools show in Valley Forge, Pa.).
The try squares have a solid brass stock that is infilled with a very nice piece of wood. On the 12″ prototype square that Dave was showing, it was infilled with Macassar ebony, though it will be available with other exotic woods as well. The blade is joined to the stock with hardened steel dowels (which are hidden under the infill).
Jeske said the try squares will be available in three different sizes. The largest one should sell for $85 to $95. He also will be making a special edition try square (which he’ll unveil at Valley Forge in October) that is based on an antique.