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try square

noun
1.
a device for testing the squareness of carpentry work or the like, or for laying out right angles, consisting of a pair of straightedges fixed at right angles to one another.
Origin of try square
1875-1880
1875-80
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  • With the try square repeat the lines of this sketch on both sides of each.

    Hand-Craft John D. Sutcliffe
  • Repeat these lines on the edges and top side, using the try square.

    Hand-Craft John D. Sutcliffe
  • Then plane the rough sides down to those lines, using the try square frequently.

    Hand-Craft John D. Sutcliffe
  • Transfer these lines down the edges by the aid of the try square.

  • Near one end—about two inches in—lay out across the top with try square a line 90 degrees with the sides.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • The wood is placed upon the bench, and the joint marked out by using a marking knife or penknife blade and the try square.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • Set out the stiles with a marking knife or penknife and a try square, as shown at Fig. 178.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • It was finally straightened, however, to stand the try square test fairly well.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • The two parts were brought together as shown at c, and the four knife lines laid out as shown with knife and try square.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • It is an easy matter to test your grinding by occasionally placing the blade of a try square on the bevel.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
British Dictionary definitions for try square

try square

noun
1.
a device for testing or laying out right angles, usually consisting of a metal blade fixed at right angles to a wooden handle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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