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neomac_zen

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03-29-2011 05:36 AM

Hi everybody my name is Sebastien and I’m carpenter student. I bought two square this week at renovation store and ask a refound for both…

Finally I came to the conclusion that I don’t even know what square to buy. I need it to mark the wood to cut it. That’s the first thing but I want to work and say OOOHHHH I could you my square. Anyway You know what I mean. I just want a useful square.

I surfed on the web (I know nothing about compagnies (absolutly nothing)) and I saw.

I was looking for a try square at the beginning….. Just give me your idea… Is it clear ??!

Stanley…. it’s a good compagny … I don’t know for square
Crown Tools
Wood Peckers
Dovetail
Woodjoy
Starrett
LeeValley
Veritas


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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 06:15 AM

Depends on the accuracy yoiu need. For general carpentry, most squares Stanley makes will do. Starrett
is closer tolerance, machinist level accuracy and considerably more expensive.

-- 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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NBeener

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 06:15 AM

You’ve named some very good brands.

You might also consider a try square from Crown

One question would be … will it get dropped a lot ? If so, then don’t spend $60 on it.

If you DO spend $60 on a square, then ONLY use it to verify that your CHEAPER squares really ARE square :-)

I’d also look at Incra

I’m VERY happy with mine !

Good luck, and WELCOME !

-- -- Neil

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ptweedy

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 06:32 AM

there are very few things that a carpenter cant do with a speed square. A large stanley rafter square is also nice to have on the job but is easily damaged. The sliding bevel square used as a try square is very handy. phil

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#4 posted 03-29-2011 06:35 AM

What you need is a square square. If you have funds for a better quality square that’s fine but if not you can make a wood square that will get the job done. Your not making aero space parts. As a student you will have lots of tools to buy. You can upgrade as time goes by.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Tedstor

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#5 posted 03-29-2011 09:36 AM

Go to home depot and get an empire rafter sqaure (speed sqaure) and a 16×24” framing sqaure. Probably cost $30 for both and should be all the sqaure you need for the time being.

Of the brands you listed, any will do nicely.

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neomac_zen

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#6 posted 03-29-2011 02:34 PM

Both wood try square I bought was so cheap. If it fall a piece of wood go away every time. Maybe the wood were too soft. And it was really easy to take off the metal piece on the wood (easy mean 1 finger).

I dont want to buy a wood sqaure and still having the same problem.

So now im between two wood try square.

Starrett and crown

What compagny make good and solid tools?

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#7 posted 03-29-2011 02:44 PM

I have worked for a home builder for 8 years and have had one square… the swanson speed square. If you know how to use the tool it will do just about anything they are around 15 bucks. Well worth the money. Just don’t buy plastic; cold weather and tool belts don’t treat them well. Also if your student make sure you get the speed square book.

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Bertha

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#8 posted 03-29-2011 02:48 PM

Starrett is famous for their precision. If you’re looking for a single recommendation: Starrett.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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neomac_zen

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#9 posted 03-29-2011 03:08 PM

I stopped on this one. Is it a good choice? I love wood handle, it is not that big, it is graduated in inches (I wanted that), the blade make 1”1/2 large(I wanted that for 2×3 2×4 2×6 2×8 etc..)

DEAL OR NO DEAL ?!

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/starrett-ts-8-carpenters-try-square.aspx

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Bertha

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#10 posted 03-29-2011 03:19 PM

It’s a very nice square from a very good company for a very good deal. I say deal.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 03-29-2011 03:21 PM

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#12 posted 03-29-2011 03:48 PM

I bought this one at Lee Valley. I’m just starting out and I have a long list of needs / wants with a limited budget. After doing some research I decided a decent square was something important enough that I should part with a bit of money for. But I couldn’t bring myself to part with $80 for a Starrett (at least not yet). This one cost me $40.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=44279&cat=1,42936,42945,44279

-- Tullochmurray

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#13 posted 03-29-2011 05:55 PM

Consider a good used square such as

http://cgi.ebay.com/Woodpecker-1281-Precision-Woodworking-Square-/280650594790?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item41581439e6#ht_1181wt_1141

This is just an example but it is an excellent square at a fair price.

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

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#14 posted 03-29-2011 09:48 PM

Here is a bargain http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SWANSON-AC-800-8-ACCUR-8-FOLDING-MITER-SQUARES-/260644917269?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cafa5d015

-- 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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#15 posted 03-29-2011 10:04 PM

i’ve only been doing this for a few years and the swanson speed square was my first. swanson makes an aluminum version and a plastic version in the small size. they make a large speed square that is steel. skip the plastic one

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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