A gift as precise as the work.
This tool was produced to commemorate Bridge City Tool Works' 30th Anniversary in 2013.
Whenever possible, makers should use a square sized for the task. You would never use a framing square for making small boxes nor would you use a pocket square to frame a house.
Our TS-1 v2 Try Square is a small square that will fit in your apron pocket and measures 5” heel to toe. The stainless steel blade is glass bead -blasted and free of graduations for a reason – you can easily write on it with a pencil. This allows you to “customize” the markings for any given project. It is a great time saver once you become accustomed to the practice. Two other points regarding the blade are noteworthy; there is an 8:1 cutout for dovetail layout and the corners are rounded.
The handle is milled from stainless steel and features our “positive grip” cut-out making the tool almost impossible to drop. The accuracy of the square is plus or minus 0.002” over the length of the blade, inside and out.
The TS-1v2 is a compelling square that will not only allow you to build with confidence but enjoy the tool’s presence as well.
Why is the orange insert in the handle of the T-squares loose and rattles?
The rattling in the Try Squares is normal and is present with all of the units. It does not affect the functionality of the tool and was part of the design of all our Try Squares. The looseness allows us to take the tool apart, if need be, should we need to re-square/fix the tool.
How do I re-square my try square?
The TS-2v2, the TS-1v2 and the TS-1.5v2 Try Squares are field adjustable. This means the accuracy of the square can be adjusted by the user.
IF YOU HAVE A KNOWN 90 DEGREE REFERENCE
1) Using the proper sized hex-key wrench, loosen one screw and then tighten it just a little bit. Loose the other three screws.
2) Place the square against a known 90 degree reference and note which way the blade needs to be adjusted.
3) Clamp the blade of the square in a wood vise. Gently tap the handle in the direction needed to make the square mate with the reference. This may take three or four attempts. Once it mates, tighten the one screw that was semi-tight, check again for square and then tighten the remaining three screws.
4) NOTE: The set screws are stainless steel. If you tighten them too tight, you will break the head of the screw off and the tool will need to be sent back to Bridge City for repair. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THESE FOUR SCREWS!
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A KNOWN 90 DEGREE REFERENCE:
Using a known straight reference, align the square flush with the reference and scribe a line. Flip the square 180 degrees and scribe a second line. By splitting the distance at the widest end, an empirical 90 degrees can be determined. Using the technique described above, adjust the square until there is no gap when the square is flipped against the straight reference.
This item is no longer in production and is not available for purchase. It is listed here for reference purposes only. The last known published price is listed below.