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Posted on Why are squares so damn expensive?

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#1 posted 01-12-2013 06:58 AM

Loren said,

You don’t need Starrett for woodworking. Those
expensive tools are for setting up milling machines
used in manufacturing satellite parts and other
super fine-tolerance stuff like that…. you know,
super colliders and rocket ships.

Please don’t take this as an attack on you or that I’m trying to start something because I’m not.

I never did like it much when someone tells me what I need, or don’t need. Were all different and have different wants and needs.

This is one reason why I need/want the precision of something like a Starrett square. I once cut up something like 15 sheets of plywood for a kitchen cabinet project. The kitchen needed 19 boxes. As I was assembling these boxes I notice they weren’t coming out square. All 19 were out of square.

The reason was my saw blade was ever so slightly off of the 90 degree mark from the table top. I now have a couple of Starrett square and I’ve never had that problem again. Same thing with face frame and door rail stock. If the ends of those aren’t cut perfectly square they don’t clamp up square.

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