What is the purpose of the orange insert in the try square handles?
The orange piece in the handles allows you to disassemble the handle should adjustments of the blade need to be made in case the try square makes an unplanned visit to the floor. It is not a very common procedure but it is useful if needed. Its designed to be loose to allow for this adjustment to be made. It also permits a secure grip when squaring stock. As John Economaki often commented, "the colored insert is a fun way to entertain the user. Layout tools are just like rattles to woodworkers. They bring joy."
My try square fell on the floor of my shop. Do I need to send my try square to a tool repair shop to get it re-squared?
No, you can re-square it yourself because all of the try squares (the TS-1v2, TS-1.5v2 and the TS-2v2) are field adjustable and 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.
8" hardened stainless steel blade accurate to .002". The blade is treated to be corrosion-resistant and have a superior matte finish which is non-glare and easy to mark with a pencil. The corners are rounded to avoid damage if dropped. The handle is ergonomically designed for a comfortable grip and it is easy to hold in any orientation. The handle design allows for the blade to be re-squared if needed. An 8:1 dovetail cutout provides for convenient layout of dovetails on any edge.
Overall length 4.34" (119.7mm); Height 8"; Width 1-29/64" (37.1mm)
TS-2v2 Try Square