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    Set square

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    In 1984, Wally Faulkner was teaching Institute of Carpenters C & J class at Reading Tech and told us how, as a young man, when he arrived on site, the foreman allowed the chippies 15 minutes to make themselves a saw stool. This would have been in the Fifties.

    Now, I was quite intrigued by this, because, having made a pair myself, and puzzled over the angles, I thought that was not a lot of time, considering that you cut four housings in the top, a tongue on each leg, and two cleats, before nailing. O and of course the legs are also angled at the bottom.

    Wally took a template to work in his bag. Imagine going to work on a bike, with all your tools on the handlebars! But he didnít show us this until a later lesson.

    So, I began practising, making quarter size saw stools. I had the advantage of a workbench with a vice. The best I could do was twenty two minutes.

    This set square has the angles you need. Twice the length of the stock is the length of the leg.

    Wally's template is worth a post on its own.

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    Thanks Philip Davies! We've added your Set Square to our Angle Guides and Try Squares category,
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    I'm thanking the presentation; puzzled by "saw stool", = sawhorse? This gauge represents the compound angles of the legs?
    Sincerely,
    Toolmaker51
    ...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolmaker51 View Post
    I'm thanking the presentation; puzzled by "saw stool", = sawhorse? This gauge represents the compound angles of the legs?
    That’s right. I thought at the time that it would have been a good idea to show pictures of the compound angles marked out on wood, but that would have meant sorting through lumber, so postponed.


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