My Favorite Try Square
There must be something in the water. During the last week I’ve gotten five messages from people asking me where I got the try square that is sometimes shown in step photos for Woodworking Magazine.
And so here’s the story: Planemaker Wayne Anderson sent it to me several years ago after I spied it and lusted after it openly. How much does it cost? I don’t know. It was part of a complex trade.
The square is a one-pound package of laminated brass and rosewood that has been riveted together. The tongue is 5-1/2″ long. The total length of the stock is 5-1/4″. While I really like the heft of this square, it’s the ogee pattern on the ends of the tongue and the stock that make me grab this tool over and over.
Several people have asked me if these patterns on the ends serve a purpose. Adam Cherubini wrote in his column that he suspected that different craftsmen might have used different patterns to differentiate their squares from one another in a busy shop.
I’ll buy that. No one has yet dared to borrow this tool from me in our shop.
– Christopher Schwarz