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jameel squareNo son, cornbread are square, pie are round.

I use my plastic speed square a lot, I like that it lies flat on a board. And it works well. But it lacks in the looks department. As wooden squares are all the rage (I suspect a conspiracy by a certain Mr. “S”, rhymes with X – coincidence? I think not) I figured I may as well join the in crowd and make one.  My inspiration is this →
“Roubo” square made by Jameel Abraham and given to Don Williams.

square joinery

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I have a double tenon at the top (a riff on the Benjamin Seaton Square; one full width and one with a shoulder) and a M&T cross brace. Which makes for interesting assembly so the mortises for the brace are long, which allows the brace to be moved around during assembly to get it aligned. Which worked great during dry fit (→). But things tried to go pear shaped during glue up; I used Titebond III for a longer open time (tested in the past) but this time it grabbed really fast and really hard. I was trying to squeeze things together with the wagon vise when the vise handle came loose. Luckily I had a clamp sitting close by and got the gap closed but by that time, the brace was pretty much done moving and no longer at 60°. Sigh. At least it is square is square.

On to decoration (actually, I did that before glue up but am going to pretend it happened in the next post).

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