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garlandkr

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06-16-2015 01:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: square

I apologize for putting this in the Hand Tools forum, there didn’t seem to be an appropriate forum section for this topic. Power tools? no, this is not a power tool. Jigs and Fixtures? No, this is neither. Hand tools? well, it is a tool that we use with our hands.

Woodpeckers just announced a one-time tool that interested me, a pocket sized speed square. However, it’s not cheap so I started looking for a similar sized (less than 4” at the longest point to point.) I can’t seem to find one that will fit in my rockler apron so I’m reaching out to know if others have seen one of similar size.


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#1 posted 06-16-2015 01:56 PM

I picked up an old Lufkin 2” on Ebay, only problem easy to misplace. Lee Valley sells some small squares for reasonable price.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 06-16-2015 02:04 PM

My starrett 4” double square never leaves my side… 85 bucks, but worth every penny

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#3 posted 06-16-2015 02:28 PM


Woodpeckers just announced a one-time tool that interested me, a pocket sized speed square. However, it s not cheap
- garlandkr

If woodpeckers ever announced a one-time tool, or any tool for that matter, that actually was inexpensive, I’d be all about getting my hands on one.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 06-16-2015 02:29 PM

Cant go wrong with Woodpecker tools. I also like the TS 3 and 6 for carrrying around. I also have their six inch square. Lifetime warranty, guaranteed accuracy, and made in America.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#5 posted 06-16-2015 04:16 PM

I second the starrett double 4”, I’m on the hunt to replace my burgled one on the cheap. I’m currently using a cheap fixed 3” from menards, got lucky and it’s actually square :] My dad’s a machinist and he helped me acquire a good bit of what I used to own from retiring machinists. I’m amazed that the quality squares really do hold a near perfect 90’ everytime you move them. CL and the bay have a good quantity popping often, I’m being patient for the killer deal.

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garlandkr

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#6 posted 06-16-2015 04:23 PM

Actually looking for a speed square (shaped like a triangle) rather than a sliding square ruler. Already have one of those that fits nicely in a pocket.

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#7 posted 06-16-2015 05:12 PM

Just curious but how do you anticipate using such a small speed square? To me, their use is for marking angles on rafter and other construction needs. I don’t see an advantage over a try square or double square in the shop.

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#8 posted 06-16-2015 05:21 PM

If you just want a triangle shaped square w/ a base, you can make a dado in a strip of wood and glue in a drafting triangle. I find them to be quite handy but I don’t need the angle/rafter scale in my work.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 06-16-2015 05:46 PM

Cant go wrong with Woodpecker tools. I also like the TS 3 and 6 for carrrying around. I also have their six inch square. Lifetime warranty, guaranteed accuracy, and made in America.
- timbertailor

Thank you Brad! I whole heartedly agree!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#10 posted 06-16-2015 05:48 PM


Cant go wrong with Woodpecker tools. I also like the TS 3 and 6 for carrrying around. I also have their six inch square. Lifetime warranty, guaranteed accuracy, and made in America.
- timbertailor

Thank you Brad! I whole heartedly agree!

- Earlextech

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#11 posted 06-16-2015 06:47 PM

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#12 posted 06-16-2015 06:54 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BaDb9fJ0-dI#t=18

Thanks for the friendly advice on the DelVe square!

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#13 posted 06-16-2015 07:05 PM

This fantastic DelVe square will be in house around Nov.

Thanks again.

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#14 posted 06-16-2015 07:16 PM

Didn’t see any real alternatives out there so I also jumped on the pre-order for this one-time tool. I already own a few woodpecker tools so I’m familiar with their quality.

In regards to using a speed square over a sliding square rule, I just like the true form of it for quick and accurate line transfers. This one has the added hole slots for pencil lines which is great.

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#15 posted 06-16-2015 07:32 PM

I watched the video and the extra features like the pencil holes, standard sized overhang areas, etc. do look useful.

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