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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
First recorded in 1875-80
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  • Repeat these lines on the edges and top side, using the try square.

    Hand-Craft John D. Sutcliffe
  • With the try square repeat the lines of this sketch on both sides of each.

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

  • Then plane the rough sides down to those lines, using the try square frequently.

    Hand-Craft John D. Sutcliffe
  • Then glue in each plug, using the try square to make sure that they project at right angles.

    Hand-Craft John D. Sutcliffe
  • 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
  • The T-Square is another modification of the try square, its principal use being for draughting purposes.

    Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe
  • It was finally straightened, however, to stand the try square test fairly well.

    Carpentry and Woodwork

    Edwin W. Foster
  • This seemed easier after the experience of making the bench hook, and Harry knew how to test for squareness with the try square.

    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
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