from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument used by carpenters, joiners, etc., for laying off right angles off right angles, and testing whether work is square.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A carpenters' square. Also trial-square and trying-square. See square, 5.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a square having a metal ruler set at right angles to another straight piece


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  • The dovetail pins on drawer part and back are spaced out and marked on the end with the aid of the joiners 'bevel, the lines being then squared down to the gauge line by the method shown at Fig. 272 -- that is, by using the try-square and marking awl.

    Woodwork Joints How they are Set Out, How Made and Where Used.

  • The tools used in dowelling are: Brace, countersink, dowel-rounder, twist bit, try-square, marking-awl, and the usual bench tools.

    Woodwork Joints How they are Set Out, How Made and Where Used.

  • It can be used as a try-square, and has this advantage, that the head can be made to slide along the rule and be clamped at any point.

    Practical Mechanics for Boys

  • The advantage of this arrangement is that it is easy to test one's work with the try-square by lifting it up to the light.

    Handwork in Wood

  • To expedite matters, everything should be quite ready before the process is begun, clamps, protecting blocks of wood, paper to protect the blocks from sticking to the wood, braces to straighten angles, mallet, try-square, and all other appliances likely to be required.

    Handwork in Wood

  • Some tools, like the plane and chisel, and try-square, are so frequently in use that each worker must have one at hand.

    Handwork in Wood

  • The test may also be made with the try-square, Fig. 137, or with a plumb-line, either by the worker, or in difficult pieces, by a fellow worker.

    Handwork in Wood

  • From the ends of these lines, on the upper and lower beveled edges score lines at right angles with the knife and try-square.

    Handwork in Wood

  • In testing the squareness of work with the try-square, care must be taken to see that the head rests firmly against the surface from which the test is made, and then slipped down till the blade touches the edge being tested, Fig. 203.

    Handwork in Wood

  • Across these lines score accurately with a try-square and knife.

    Handwork in Wood


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