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Brett

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10-18-2011 04:46 PM

Somewhere online I’ve seen a picture of a small square being used to check the jointed edge of a board. The small square looked like a miniature framing square: the legs were about 3 inches long, and it was made of one flat piece of metal. There were no adjustable parts.

It looks pretty convenient for keeping in a shop apron for checking joints. Anybody know what these are called?

-- More tools, fewer machines.


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#1 posted 10-18-2011 04:57 PM

here is what i use

and a link to rockler

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=11175&filter=engineer%20square

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#2 posted 10-18-2011 05:07 PM

You can find them on Ebay as well, Brett. I’ve seen Starretts go for pretty good prices but they’re always in demand. The “solid state” ones, if you will, like David pictures should hold up as a used tool. They’re great little tools to have. Nothing better to square a plane iron into a wet wheel jig.

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

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cellophane

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#3 posted 10-18-2011 05:49 PM

I have the mini square from Woodpecker’s and it is great. Costs a little more but I think it’s worth it. And if it matters to you at all – everything they make is crafted in the US.

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#4 posted 10-18-2011 05:59 PM

They are machinest’s or Engineer squares. : ^ ) Mine are from Woodcraft….

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live4ever

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 07:25 PM

I’ve got the one from Lee Valley. Has measurements on it as well, which is useful…

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=66573&cat=1,42936

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rance

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#6 posted 10-19-2011 12:10 AM

That smallest one that Patron posted is a real good one to keep in your apron. Believe it or not, you could easilly make one. I did. The smaller they are, the easier to make. Try it.

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jusfine

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#7 posted 10-19-2011 01:29 AM

I also like the little woodpecker square, great for checking chisels and plane irons too!

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

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Brett

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#8 posted 10-19-2011 02:53 PM

Thanks, everyone. The Veritas square is like what I remembered, but the other ones are good to know about, too.

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#9 posted 10-19-2011 03:06 PM

For $23, I’d be all over that Woodpecker square. I might order one today, as I thought they were quite a bit more expensive.

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

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Loren

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#10 posted 10-19-2011 03:39 PM

I like a little 4” sliding square. It’s pretty close to my most-used tool when
I am doing things with wood. You can get one from Lee Valley for about
$30 or look at ebay and pick one up for $20 or so by playing the auctions.

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 10-19-2011 04:24 PM

I use a 2” flat corner brace. $1.39, IIRC, at ACE. Made by Stanley.
Checked it with my machinist’s square and it’s dead on.
Fits in the apron pocket.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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NBeener

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#12 posted 10-19-2011 04:32 PM

I’m with Loren.

Once I got my Starrett 4 inch combination square, I just get all tickly whenever I use it. Great for machine setup, too.

-- -- Neil

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NBeener

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#13 posted 10-19-2011 04:33 PM

Ah.

So, between Gene Howe and me, you can spend as much or as little as you like LOL !

-- -- Neil

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cellophane

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#14 posted 10-19-2011 04:50 PM

For $23, I’d be all over that Woodpecker square. I might order one today, as I thought they were quite a bit more expensive.

I’ve been really impressed with their stuff. Lots of handy gadgets and the red color is easy to see on a crowded bench. Well worth the money IMO.

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Gene Howe

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#15 posted 10-19-2011 04:51 PM

Neil,
I’m cheeeeep!
Besides, I’m saving up for a set of laser guided punches.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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