|Review by paxorion||posted 08-24-2013 12:53 AM||3352 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
For the past few months, I have been looking for a replacement to an inexpensive contractor’s combination square (a freebie I got from my in-law’s hardware store during a trip many years ago). I had the opportunity to use a Starrett at my guild shop, and convinced myself I needed a replacement. To ensure I could focus my search, I came up with 4 criteria: – A solid cast head – Etched measurements that go up to at least 1/64 intervals – A more palatable price than a Starrett – Pass the line test out of the box
After stumbling upon a Fine Woodworking review of combination squares, I was all set on finding a PEC-made square, possibly from Lee Valley. However, after having a chance to touch this square on a trip to my local Woodcraft, I started to wonder if the WoodRiver might be a good gamble. After doing my research, I stumbled upon a post on WoodTalk Online, where it seems that the WoodRiver is likely made by PEC, whose squares ranked high as value purchases in Fine Woodworking issue 229. So during the Woodcraft 85th anniversary sale, I picked one up and have been happy with it’s performance so far. This square meets all of my criteria, and is all that this new woodworker needs.