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Are squares really square? #1: What too look for in your next square

12-28-2015 02:37 AM by generick | 6 comments »

Are squares really square? Have you ever put two squares back to back and discovered that their backs are not parallel? Shining a light between them reveals gaps and off angle inaccuracies? If they are both at 90 degrees, shouldn’t they line up evenly with very little or no light passing between them? That’s what I always thought… I was reading an article from Fine Woodworking (issue #59) that describes how several manufactures make their squares (Bridge City, Starrett, and Stanley). As it turns out, squares are only guaranteed to be square on the inside “elbow” of the square, not on the outside. I don’t know about other woodworkers, but I use the outside of the square to set...

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