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Old 12-28-2010, 09:48 AM
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I saw this square at the Woodworking in America Conference this past fall and thought it was a beautiful tool. I took several photos with the intention of making one of my own but managed to lose them. Iíve applied some of the great photo organizational tips posted by other members, but in this case went back to my evil ways and have paid the price. Fortunately Christopher Schwarz wrote up this square as a project in the December 2010 Popular Woodworking.

In our family we have a tradition, every year we draw names and make that personís gift. This past Christmas I had drawn my dadís name. The only problem, I needed to do all the stock prep in his shop. The laundry room was a disaster thanks to tropical plants brought in from the cold, and general mayhem due to holiday decorations and of all things a horse kick. (These days horses are not my favorite critters but my wife still loves them dearly.) To disguise my intentions and to cover any goofs I might make at home, I prepared enough stock to produce four squares, two in white pine, two in curly maple. The white pine was used as a test case before performing operations on the maple. As it got closer to Christmas I had to set the others aside and finished the gift square. Iím working on completing the remaining three.

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Old 12-28-2010, 10:23 AM
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I saw this square at the Woodworking in America Conference this past fall and thought it was a beautiful tool. I took several photos with the intention of making one of my own but managed to lose them. Iíve applied some of the great photo organizational tips posted by other members, but in this case went back to my evil ways and have paid the price. Fortunately Christopher Schwarz wrote up this square as a project in the December 2010 Popular Woodworking.

In our family we have a tradition, every year we draw names and make that personís gift. This past Christmas I had drawn my dadís name. The only problem, I needed to do all the stock prep in his shop. The laundry room was a disaster thanks to tropical plants brought in from the cold, and general mayhem due to holiday decorations and of all things a horse kick. (These days horses are not my favorite critters but my wife still loves them dearly.) To disguise my intentions and to cover any goofs I might make at home, I prepared enough stock to produce four squares, two in white pine, two in curly maple. The white pine was used as a test case before performing operations on the maple. As it got closer to Christmas I had to set the others aside and finished the gift square. Iím working on completing the remaining three.

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In addition to gorgeous wood, the profiling(?) is impeccable.

What however is the purpose of what appears to be a groove along the inside of the legs?
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Old 12-28-2010, 10:37 AM
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I think what you are calling a grove is where the piece meets the table and then you see the reflection.

It is beautiful, work and wood. Well done.
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Old 12-28-2010, 10:47 AM
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All,
Thanks for the kind words, one of the advantages of an overall photo is it tends to hide the bumps and warts.

Mike is correct the groove is a reflection in the table. I didn't notice this until after I posted the photo.

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That same pattern blown up huge would make a really nice set of roof supports for a timber frame house.
Very nice, very classy.
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That same pattern blown up huge would make a really nice set of roof supports for a timber frame house.
Very nice, very classy.

I think that would be a waste of perfectly good curly maple!

Troy: I am sure Ralph treasures it(it will either never be used or be used all the time).
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Very nice indeed!! I also would probably just admire it.
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I'm the ole dad who is the recipient of this neat gift. It's made out of Upper Peninsula curly maple, which I purchased from a mill right on the shore of Lake Superior. I brought a supply down to Gainesville in September.

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I wish I had enough curly maple to frame a house!

It is my hope that he will find it useful. That maple is tough stuff but if it breaks I can make more.

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It's a pretty looking piece, I agree.

But really, how good will it be as a square? Wouldn't the normal expansion and contraction of the wood cause it to be off square a lot of the time?

Not being snotty with the question, it's sincere.
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