Well seeing the competition for posting projects may earn money, it’s time I got off my butt. Having finished my Roubo workbench, I tried making a Roubo styled try-square. I didn’t follow any plans, just remembered a few pictures I saw a while back. It’s made from Purple Heart and true Ebony. Sanded to 4000 grit then polished. The Purple Heart is 12" long x 1" wide and 1/8" thick, and the Ebony is 6" long x 1-1/2" wide and 1/2" thick. The fasteners are 2 part epoxy, then 2 Allen head countersunk brass screws. I will be sure to pass it down as an heirloom.

Woods: ebony purple heart

Tools: hand saws files rasps sandpaper

Tags: try square roubo try square

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!


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3fingerpat ...

I really like your choice of woods, the square turned out great. I like to make these and give them away as gifts.

Thorreain ...

I saw yours earlier and planned to make it after the bench got finished. I love the ebony and wish i had a ton of it. I see a lot of pieces from Greene n Greene using buttons of ebony. I absolutely despise them. People should give up on Greene n Greene, it had its day in the sun, move on, create new, make things in the now for the future. I can think of fifty things that I would love to have the ebony to make them with. Don’t get me wrong I love purple heart, but a year from now its going to be just another brown, the ebony only seems to get darker, love it.

Thorreain ...

When making the Ebony part I started with a block 2″ × 2″ × 8″. I split the block along the grain, following it on all four sides. The grain runs so straight and true and very tight. This will make it very dimensionally sound. It will remain square and straight forever. I only wish that I had enough to make the entire square from ebony. It has become my favourite material to make things with.

lanwater ...

Looks great.

How did you square it?

Thorreain ...

I put my combination square on it while the epoxy was setting up to make it square.

Thorreain ...

This was one of the most fun projects I have made in quite a while. I think I am going to make some as gifts Pat, I know a lot of trades people that would love one. They are so handy as well. But not quite as handy as a pocket in your underwear!

kiefer ...

That’s a nice one and a real show piece ,looks good on that new bench and will get a lot of looks .
You better watch it carefully because I need one too LOL.


a1jim ...

Beautiful a real classic.

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