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#1 posted 01-13-2013 03:43 AM

I have Starrett squares myself… bought them used at estate
sales for pennies on the dollar.

I also have squares of lesser quality that are fine enough
for setting up woodworking machines and laying out
joinery. Lee Valley is a good source for new measuring
and marking tools that are more than adequate for
the fine furniture maker without breaking the bank.

One thing about the larger engineer’s squares is they are
very unbalanced for laying out joints. They have
a heavy short leg and a longer, much lighter leg.
They excel at standing upright to set a table
saw or bandsaw table at 90 degrees, but in
layout use use their sharp corners and awkward
balance court damage, both to the workpiece
and to the square.

I have an engineer square with a 12” long leg and
perhaps 8” on the short one. I take it out now
and again for setting up machines.

For joinery I mostly use a 4” pocket square
a saddle square and a sliding cabinetmaker’s
square (all Veritas).

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