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Brett

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1009 days ago

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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patron

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#1 posted 1009 days ago

here is what i use

and a link to rockler

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

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bertha

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#2 posted 1009 days ago

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 1009 days ago

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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WayneC

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#4 posted 1009 days ago

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

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live4ever

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#5 posted 1009 days ago

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 1009 days ago

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.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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jusfine

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#7 posted 1009 days ago

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 1008 days ago

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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Bertha

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#9 posted 1008 days ago

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 1008 days ago

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.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 1008 days ago

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 1008 days ago

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 1008 days ago

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 1008 days ago

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 1008 days ago

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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