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Forum topic by Karda posted 08-19-2018 06:19 AM 919 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2018 06:19 AM

Hi, I picked up this small square at a sale. was this square made with out wood scales or are they missing. I looked and can’t find a manufacturer. thanks Mike


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#1 posted 08-19-2018 11:52 AM

That’s how it was made

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#2 posted 08-19-2018 05:16 PM

ok, for what purpose, from the tools this guy had has I would say he was a machineist

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#3 posted 08-19-2018 09:19 PM

I’m pretty sure they are meant for woodworking

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#4 posted 08-19-2018 09:33 PM

ok just curious about the shape

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#5 posted 08-20-2018 03:39 PM

It looks to me like an inexpensive “bargain box” item.

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#6 posted 08-22-2018 05:52 PM

I have that exact square, I got it from my father who got it just post WW2…..that is how it came. I use it all the time, it is dead on and very durable.

-- Mike

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#7 posted 08-22-2018 10:10 PM

ok thanks

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#8 posted 08-22-2018 10:14 PM



ok just curious about the shape

- Karda

Not sure exactly what you’re asking, but the rounded slot is a handhold, and the angled bottom of the handle is a 45° template. The flange along the long side of the handle lets the square sit “squarely” to the wood, since without a handle, it lacks the thickness to accurately register against the stock being tested or scribed.

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#9 posted 08-23-2018 12:11 AM

you answer my question, I have never seen a sguare this shape before

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#10 posted 08-28-2018 11:37 PM

These types of squares were often included in pre-assembled tool kits. In the early 20th Century, they were put in tool kits for adults, as were the one piece metal coping saws with integral handle. In the late 1930s through the early 1960s, both this type of square and the coping saw were included in “Boys Tool Chests” by various companies. I also have one I’ve used for years. Mine was originally included in a “Big Boy’s Tool Chest” by A.C. Gilbert, of New Haven, CT. Gilbert tool chests had real, usable wood working tools, the idea being for a boy to learn the basics of carpentry. (Before ALL “experts” decided that kids shouldn’t have any “dangerous” toys, that might give them a “Boo-Boo”...)

There may be some very faint markings on this square. Mine has them which I didn’t know existed until I soaked it in Evaporust. Probably depends on the maker and the age. Damned handy little square to have. I wouldn’t be without mine.

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#11 posted 08-29-2018 01:56 AM

thanks I look again for the maker, I noticed even the measure was not deeply scribed som i did use a lot of force cleaning it, don’t want to damage it

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#12 posted 08-29-2018 08:10 PM

As long as it checks out being square and isn’t bent or dinged up, it should be fine for most squaring needs.

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