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Posted on Why are squares so damn expensive?

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#1 posted 01-13-2013 03:35 AM

I check my stamped steel square before every use just in case but I don’t do that with my Starret because there is an order of magnitude difference in cost and I expect my Starret to stay square.

You can take a stamped steel square and if it is not square to start, you can make it square with few taps of a ball pen hammer. Use the miter slot and the front/rear edge of your table saw.

If it is less the 90°, peen the inside corner between the two arms and check it between hammer hammer blows.
If is greater than 90°, pen the outside corner of the arms and check between hammer blows.

I would not do this on an expensive square but the “off the shelf” ones from a big box store which may or may not be true square when you buy it!

Another method to check for square is the old drafting table method for checking the T square. If you don’t know what a drafting table is then you can’t really use this method and you can PM me an explanation.

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