The English Layout Square: A Mystery and a Slideshow
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.
If you are interested in building this square, which is a great project, you can check out the short article in the December 2010 issue. If that plan isn’t enough for you, I have a great resource that can help. While I was teaching a class on how to build this square at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Robin Macgregor of Lie-Nielsen documented the entire process and loaded it up (with helpful captions) on the company’s Facebook page.
Go here to see the slideshow (you don’t have to be a member of Facebook). Robin is an excellent photographer and the step photos provide a lot of information we didn’t have room to print in the magazine.
The only other thing I could do that would be more helpful than all this information is to come to your shop and build it for you. But where’s the fun in that?
— Christopher Schwarz