Veritas Saddle Square by Lee Valley

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Review by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 01-21-2010 09:33 PM 4707 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have always had problems wrapping a line around faces of a piece of stock – seems as though the two lines never accurately intersected at the edge. So I recently purchased a Veritas Saddle Square from Lee Valley. What a difference the proper tool makes! I can now accurately draw lines on all sides of the stock and it is accomplished quickly and easily.

The Saddle Square is made of anodized aluminum, 2” wide. The two legs are 1-1/4” and 2-1/4” long and both end faces are machined square within 1/4 degree.

This is a simple little tool but simple is oftentimes best. It allows the user to repeatedly transfer lines from one face of a board to another without error. It does exactly what I purchased it for and does it very well – that’s all I can ask.


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#1 posted 01-21-2010 09:35 PM

Indispensable! I have both sizes and use them both regularly. These very much helped my marking system for accuracy and carrying a line over a corner; lines up every time on the fourth side, viola!


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#2 posted 01-21-2010 10:27 PM

I have this model and the miter square; I love using them

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#3 posted 01-21-2010 10:31 PM

I use one of these all of the time…....very helpful. I have seen hinges promoted for the same use, but imho this little device is much more accurate and useful.

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#4 posted 01-22-2010 12:39 AM

As you say, this thing is so simple yet useful. Since I bought one about two years ago, I have used it way more than I ever thought I would.

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#5 posted 01-22-2010 02:41 AM

I agree very useful tool. I also have the 1:8 Dovetail Saddle Marker, also very useful.

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#6 posted 01-22-2010 05:08 AM

Nice review. Most of their stuff is high quality, useful tools.


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#7 posted 01-22-2010 05:48 AM

I use Lee Valley’s dovetail saddles and the Veritas Saddle Square is on my list. They look similar to the dovetail saddles and they are very well made. I do a lot of shopping and wishing at Lee Valley they are cheaper than Lee-Nielsen and are the same quality.

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#8 posted 01-23-2010 12:37 AM

Hey i got the same one! Really usefull!

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#9 posted 01-23-2010 04:13 AM

I have both this model and the longer square. I use them constantly!

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#10 posted 01-24-2010 04:52 AM

Veritas anything is great I have had that saddle square for five years and love it

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