lee valley 6" double square--good value?

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Forum topic by Millo posted 11-08-2010 02:58 AM 5149 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2010 02:58 AM

Hey all,

Is the Lee Valley 6” double square a good buy? Looks to be around $20 less than a Starrett on…

I plan to put an order soon with them, and wanted to see if anyone had real experience with this tool.,42936,42945,44279


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#1 posted 11-08-2010 05:27 AM

I don’t know how I missed seeing that in the catalog.

That looks like a great addition to any shop! I have a number of Veritas products, and they are all first rate!

I don’t think you can go wrong… if you really don’t like it, they will take it back!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 05:47 AM

If it is a good as they claim, it should be. I have no camplaints with anything I have from Lee Valley. I haven’t used the items extensively, however. They all seem to as described as far as I can tell.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 06:48 AM

Excellent, thanks for giving me your opinion—I just saw a review of the Narex mortise chisels and they do look tempting as well. Hmm.

I will order this square along with a few other Lee Valley/Veritas goodies this week.

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 06:53 AM

Millo: Though I have nothing to compare them to—based on lots of peoples’ recommendations—I bought and love my Narex set. I think they’re a good value for the price.

I did a pretty fair rendition of the “Scary Sharp Method,” on arrival. Made a big difference.

As to the combo square … kinda’ doubt you can go wrong with these guys. I DID recently buy the Starrett, and—go figure—I want to wear it on a necklace, it’s so handy. I’m sure the LV version will soon become a shop favorite of yours, too !

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 07:58 AM

Have one, and love it.

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 08:26 AM

I’m completely happy with the 4” version of the LV double square.
Very handy, and quite nicely finished, especially at this price. The numbers are well etched into the matte finished blade, and the balance and weight of the handle casting is great. I think you’ll be pleased.

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 08:51 AM

I forgot to mention I was thinking about one of those when Lee Valley had a special purchase deal of 2 Swanson folding squares. They were guaranteed to be with .01 of a degree or something like that and the measure every 22.5 for 22.5 to 157.5. Might check if they have any left and see what you thinnk of them. Not as handy as teh little guy, but seem to be dead on :-))

Good luck

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 11-08-2010 01:27 PM

I love mine…use it all the time.
I bought it years ago, when it cost around $25 :-)
Most everything that LV sells is quality+
If you look in my tool bags, or tour my shop, you’d think you were in a LV showroom.

-- Steve--

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#9 posted 11-08-2010 03:31 PM

You just can’t go wrong with virtually anything made by Veritas. While not cheap, they tend to be less expensive than some of their direct competitors (lie Nielsen, Starrett, etc.)

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#10 posted 11-08-2010 03:37 PM

I have both the 4 inch and 6 inch squares and they are a permanent fixture on my bench – love them.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#11 posted 11-08-2010 04:43 PM

I have the Swanson folding squares, which I like a lot. They are a very good deal. Very happy with Lee Valley products. I have the double square on my holiday list.

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#12 posted 11-08-2010 05:32 PM

Looks like a great tool, but over my budget. I buy mostly garage sale stuff, and you don’t find these in those places. Be good Pabull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#13 posted 12-14-2010 05:16 PM

I did get the square, but waited too long for the Narex mortise chisels and when I went to place the order at the beginning of the month they were already gone. NOOOOO! Does anyone know of a decent small set of mortise chisels that is affordable, like these Lee Valley had?

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#14 posted 12-14-2010 05:23 PM

highlandwoodworking has the same set, just might cost a tad bit more – not much more though.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 12-14-2010 07:20 PM

I bought a similar square in the 6” persuasion from Infinity tools—great saw blades and router bits—but am a little frustrated with the square

The little knurled knob is too small in diameter—it is actually a little smaller than the barrel and it is hard to grip well to snug it up. The LV model looks to be a little bigger.

The one I have wins on price, and checks out as square. The product name on it is IGaging. But given the choice again, I’d pay more for the LV unit (even though mine has a level bubble (which I just noticed) and the LV doesn’t!).

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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