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Carloz

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01-10-2018 03:02 PM

I kept buying all kind of square tools from big box stores, Sears and so on, like combination square, speed square etc etc. None of them was actually square and would deviate a millimeter or so at the end.
The one that I hope finally stopped my buying streak is this one. I tested it with a feeler gauge and could not insert the smallest blade at any of the ends both at 90 and 45 degrees. It saved me some money by not letting me buy some super expensive stuff and paid for itself on the first use, when trying to make mitered panel doors where exact 45 cut is crucial.


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LittleShaver

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#1 posted 01-10-2018 05:03 PM

Another good buy from HF.
I also use drafting squares and have found them very reliable.
After watching a Woodwright Shop, I started making my own. Fun project to use up some scraps and they make neat gifts.
With the exception of dial indicators, Wixie gauges and feeler gauges, I’ve found that I can make most of my marking and layout tools.
For most of my projects, I prefer a story stick rather than a scale or tape.

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#2 posted 01-10-2018 05:08 PM

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#3 posted 01-10-2018 05:21 PM



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Holt

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#4 posted 01-11-2018 02:55 PM

I usually buy those plastic drafting triangles, they always seem to be dead on. I use them to validate and correct the squares with which I work.

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John_H

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#5 posted 01-11-2018 10:00 PM

I have a Woodpecker 26” x 16” precision framing square that cost around $200 and I have a $25 Irwin Framing square that is just as accurate

http://www.acmetools.com/shop/tools/irwin-1794447

The easiest way to check is to just draw a line, flip it over and draw another line. You can ‘tweak’ a framing square if it is out of square, no reason to buy another one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2BFuDpM29w

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Ron Aylor

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#6 posted 01-11-2018 10:17 PM

Now take you new square and tune up the rest!

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MrRon

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#7 posted 01-12-2018 09:10 PM



I kept buying all kind of square tools from big box stores, Sears and so on, like combination square, speed square etc etc. None of them was actually square and would deviate a millimeter or so at the end.
The one that I hope finally stopped my buying streak is this one. I tested it with a feeler gauge and could not insert the smallest blade at any of the ends both at 90 and 45 degrees. It saved me some money by not letting me buy some super expensive stuff and paid for itself on the first use, when trying to make mitered panel doors where exact 45 cut is crucial.

- Carloz


How could you tell if the square was 90° or 45° with a feeler gauge? All the feeler gauge would tell you would be if the edge was straight or not. To check for a 90°, you have to check it against something that is in fact 90°, like a precision combination square; the same for 45°.

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cabmaker

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#8 posted 01-12-2018 09:36 PM

sorry….. no plastic squares on my job

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