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I actually am working on my next project in my beginner's toolkit series. For this project, I needed a repeatable angle that is five or ten degrees out of square. Normally I would use my sliding bevel for this, but since it isn't in the list of tools for newbies, I decided to make one.
This one is even simpler than the others. I had a bit of oak that was around 1/4" thick, and decided to use it without cutting a mating lap in the blade. I only cut a lap joint in the mahogany stock to make the handle.
|Even simpler design|
Another thing making it easy, is it is about five degrees or so out of square. Yeah, yeah, I did it on purpose so I could mark out this joint:
|This lap will be wider at the top than at the bottom.|
|Here is the new square in action.|
|Nice joint, eh?|
|Out of square - on purpose|
Oh, one mea culpa is that I used my Bad Axe crosscut sash saw for this project, rather than the Ryoba that is in my beginner's tool kit.
The reason I used this saw is a rather amusing story. Long story short: I loaned my saw to a friend. Long story long:
The other day I was helping a friend install new flooring. When taking my tools over there, I looked for my old bent ryoba blade, but couldn't find it. "Oh, well, I'll just be careful with my good one."
While using it to cut the door frame to allow the parkett to slide under it, the saw really stopped cutting. I couldn't figure out why it was cutting so slow. After several dozen strokes, it started cutting quickly again.
When I removed the cutoff, I discovered that I sawed through a nail - lengthwise! I wish I kept that piece so I could show a picture. I never saw anything like it.
Remarkably, no teeth broke, even though I was using the fine crosscut side of the saw. I imagine that the saw is not sharp anymore. I therefore felt no trepidation in loaning that saw to my friend so he could finish his baseboards the next day.
Back on topic: This current square only took about 30 minutes to construct. It was smaller, so squaring up the lumber was easier. It seems to work great. As long as I have some scrap in my bin, I shouldn't have any problem coming up with squares in any configuration I need.
I think the secret to accurate paring with a chisel is accurate sawing. The less one has to mess with paring a shoulder or a cheek, the better.
If you haven't read about my suggested list of tools for someone starting out in hand tools, read this series.
If you would like to read about the projects I am making using only the tools in this toolkit, read about them here.