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pastorglen

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10-31-2011 03:05 AM

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When I was a kid, my dad had a Starrett 4” combination square—just the right size to slip in a shop apron. Well, I recently found out that someone lifted it. I’d like to get one for him, but I’m not having very good luck.

Any suggestions?

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."


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#1 posted 10-31-2011 03:16 AM

yeah, not many 4” combo squares out there and those that are available aren’t always in a good condition, but you can still find them on eBay from time to time.

I ended up using a 6” combo, and keep a 4” double square and a 2.5” double square closer at hand for the majority of work (that does not require 45s)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 10-31-2011 03:21 AM

Did you look on Starrret.com? Took me all of two minutes to find one.

http://www.starrett.com/metrology/product-detail?k=C11H-4-4R

4” Combination square, $70.

The Starrett 4-24” Combination Square with Square Head includes a reversible lock bolt, scriber, spirit level (except 4”), and hardened steel, photo-engraved blade with regular or satin chrome finish. The combination square includes a cast iron head with black wrinkle finish.

Blade Length (in) 4”
Blade Finish Satin Chrome
Graduation Type 4R
Graduations 8ths, 16ths, Quick Reading 32nds, 64ths
Head Finish Black Wrinkle
Head Material Cast Iron
Head Types Square
Number of Pieces 2

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#3 posted 10-31-2011 04:02 AM

or pick up a 6 inch square at a pawn shop or whatnot, and order a 4 inch rule for it

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#4 posted 10-31-2011 04:22 PM

I could find the website, but I couldn’t find a dealer to sell me one. I’ve had calls into places and was put on eternal hold—more than once.

But I think I got one who will work with me.

Thanks, all!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#5 posted 10-31-2011 05:17 PM

Like this ?

-- -- Neil

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pastorglen

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#6 posted 10-31-2011 05:30 PM

Neil – I guess I’d be a little more interested in buying it there if the picture looked more like 4 inches and less like 12. That’s been the ongoing issue for me.

If the current contact I made doesn’t work out, I’ll go though Amazon.

But thanks!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#7 posted 10-31-2011 05:38 PM

^I’ve noticed the same problem several times in photos. $70 new or $30-40 probably on Ebay said and done, I’d be compelled for new, assuming I could trust the dimensions;)

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

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#8 posted 10-31-2011 05:46 PM

Glen, “Try Ebay . Use SearchTempest to do a CraigsList search. Oh, try searching with Starrett misspelled(staret, starret, etc.) You’ll probably find one much cheaper than new. -Jack

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#9 posted 10-31-2011 05:58 PM

I bought mine from Amazon. It’s a 4” combo square …. FWIW.

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 10-31-2011 06:23 PM

^so much opportunity for off color humor here. Where’s Rex? Take three pictures of it for me and I’ll tell you if it’s the advertised length, etc. ;)

-- 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 10-31-2011 06:26 PM

Lee Valley also has a nice one. I have one made by Bridge City, but they are discontinued.

Oops, just reread your question and I think mine and Lee Valley’s are 6”, which are perfect for me.

4” seems awful short, at least for a clumsy guy.

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

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#12 posted 10-31-2011 06:41 PM

Okay, let me see if I can explain a little better…

My dad (master carpenter, amazing man all the way around) had one that he used all the time—and he loved it. It came up missing when he went to a new job, and has stayed missing for 15 years. I asked about it the other day and he told me the story. He’s been helping me around my house and, as a good father, won’t let me pay him a dime for his help. So I thought I would replace his Starrett 4” combo square (and maybe get one for myself, too).

I made a apron square out of brass a few years ago that’s a nice little size and works well for dovetails and such. But as much as I know it’s right on the money, I always wonder if it’s right on the money. The Starrett 4” square seems like a nice addition to my tools.

Thanks, all! I’m glad I can add some humor to your day. :-)

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#13 posted 10-31-2011 07:15 PM

^I’ve got a 4” combo (not Starrett, Lufkin possibly) that I use probably more than any other square. It even made it into the most-reached-for door of my tool cabinet. I like the size for quickly transferring marks across sides, transfering short distances, etc. I rarely use it as a serious “square” but I use it a lot. Until I get one of those little pocket rigid squares (Woodpecker, I think), I’ll keep going at it with my little four incher.

Sorry, it simply had to be done.

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

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#14 posted 10-31-2011 07:25 PM

“The Little Engine That Could” comes to mind …. ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 11-01-2011 06:30 AM

in regards to the one on amazon, you wont find a 12” starret square for that price, rest assured its a 4 inch

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