How Square is Your Square?

Produced by Ben Strano

There are a lot of self-imposed limitations to woodworking. It’s straightforward
for somebody simply entering into the craft to turn into frozen with
worry over any variety of issues that with expertise appear foolish.
Here’s a very embarrassing checklist of largely trivial issues that
I bought hung up on once I was beginning out as a woodworker. 

• Is my sq. actually sq.? If it isn’t, all the pieces I
construct is doomed to be crooked and ugly.

• I must make all the pieces out of poplar as a result of it’s
the state tree of Tennessee. (actually!)

• I can’t probably stain or paint my work, despite the fact that I
wish to use poplar.

• Plywood is all I can afford to construct a mission, however positive
furnishings by no means makes use of plywood.

• Each piece I make (together with the primary one) should be
fought over by my youngsters and my youngsters’s youngsters for

• Freehand sharpening is the purest type of sharpening and
anything is evil.

• Something in need of absolute consistency and precision
when sharpening is unacceptable.

• No steel. By no means ever use any steel fasteners.

• I need to design all the pieces I make.

Clearly, I’m form of bizarre and lots of instances I had contradictory
beliefs. Trying again at this checklist, I see somebody who had means
an excessive amount of time on his fingers and means too many beliefs. I want I
may inform my new woodworker-self that it will take years
earlier than I made one thing I favored despite its flaws. The one
strategy to get the unhealthy initiatives out of your system is to construct
them. Some persons are extra naturally gifted than others, however
you should construct your means out of that gap.

I wish to dispel as many myths for the newbie as I can. For
starters, I spent sleepless nights worrying about how true my
sq. was and I believed that the one strategy to repair that
explicit drawback was to throw cash at it and purchase a Starrett.
You’ll see on this video that’s not the case in any respect. Probably the most
costly squares aren’t the one ones which might be true and
generally, the most costly squares aren’t even the truest.

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