Itâ€™s great finding that tool youâ€™ve been wanting. It is even greater when you get to put it to use and it does what you expected and more. That was the case the other day when I needed to bring a 4×4 post down 1/4 inch on two sides. My new (old) drawknife came to the rescue.
Last week, I picked up my handmade 16-inch, 12 ppi, hybrid-cut cherry handle tenon saw. Mark Harrell, owner of Bad Axe Tools and saw maker extraordinaire, handed it to me and set up a wood scrap so I could try cutting a tenon.
To put your framing square to work, you need to know the parts. A typical square has a face (the side with the manufacturerâ€™s logo), a tongue (the shorter and narrower 16- by 1Â˝-inch arm) and a blade (the longer and wider 24- by 2-inch arm). The heel is where the two arms meet.