Opinions please #3: Shop made tools - saddle square?

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Blog entry by curliejones posted 07-25-2013 11:02 AM 3842 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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OK so I just learned a little while ago that a saddle square exists and is sold. Please register your opinion on why some folks buy a “saddle square” instead of joining two pieces of scrap together at a 90, let’s just say 1/2” thick, 1-1/2” wide, and then cut to a 2” length with your table saw? A quick check on the back side of the board with your try square would tell you if it is holding a true 90, would it not?

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#1 posted 07-25-2013 07:55 PM

Accuracy. A metal one stays true. It’s used
for marking out joinery mostly. For checking
a board edge for squareness I use a pocket
square. With a saddle square it’s not as easy
to see light under it when it’s up against a
board – the width gets in the way.

I bought one from Veritas years ago and use it a lot. I have
considered making an adjustable one with a pair of
knife hinges, like the high end bridge city one, but
never really needed such a tool.

You could certainly make a metal saddle square from
a piece of aluminum angle, but be prepared to
do a fair amount of fiddling to get the faces and edges
all true.

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