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Franklin-Titebond Shop-Made Wooden Try Square: Part 2

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In the second, and final, part of this project series you’ll learn how to assemble the blade and handle so they’re perfectly square. This requires a shop-made assembly block, and glue with a longer open time, to make sure everything is perfect and the square is reliable. Once the blade and handle are assembled, we’ll pin them together with brass rods, which adds a great detail. A coat of finish, and the wooden try square will be ready to use, and show off.

Titebond Original Wood Glue, Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue, and Titebond Instant Adhesive provided by Titebond. For more information, visit

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4 Responses to “Franklin-Titebond Shop-Made Wooden Try Square: Part 2”

  1. John M.

    Great videos – Thanks for sharing. One question though: The clamping wedge you made looks like it doesn’t have a notch at the point of the 90 degree point. How did it not get glued to the try-square with the squeeze out?

    • WWGOA Team

      Hi, John!

      Thanks for the feedback and good question. In this case there was not enough squeeze out to permanently fix the clamping block to the project, but in general there are few steps that can help ensure that you don’t experience an unintended bond:
      – It’s a good idea to wipe off the excess glue after putting the parts together and before adding the clamping block.- Apply a finish to the clamping block before using it, which will minimize the adhesion of your glue to the clamping block surface.- Remove the clamps after 45-60 minutes. At that point the glue has set, so the square is not going to move, but the glue is not fully cured, so the clamping block can easily be tapped away if necessary.

  2. John D.

    A simple yet unique tool that most amateurs can accomplish!! The description calls it a “Try Square” and I believe that it should be a “Tri Square”. Aside from that, a great idea!!

    • George Vondriska
      George Vondriska

      Glad you like the square and the video. My understanding of the name “try square” is that the tool is used to “try” a board; meaning, determining if it is, in fact, square. I’m confident the name is correct, but I’m open to other ideas.

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