Build your own precision layout tool. All it takes are a few pieces of aluminum and a little time at the table saw and drill press.
A good square is one tool that’s indispensable in the shop. I use it on just about every project I build. But some squares aren’t all that accurate. That’s why I like the design of the squares. Not only can you customize them to your liking, but they’re adjustable. If they should ever lose their accuracy, there’s an easy fix. Four cap screws hold the blade securely to the handle of the square. If the blade ever gets knocked out of square, you can loosen the screws, adjust it back to 90°, and then retighten the screws. The really nice thing about these squares is they’re easy to build with common shop tools. In a nutshell, you’ll take readily available aluminum bar stock and laminate it to form the handle, as shown at left. Finally, after attaching the blade and adjusting it, you’re ready to put the square to use in your shop.
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- Metric (unavailable)
What You Get:
- 19 pages of step-by-step instructions
- 76 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded views
- Shop-tested tips & techniques
- Cutting diagrams. Materials list. Project sources
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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.