"Squaring" the framing square

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Forum topic by niki posted 05-22-2007 09:41 AM 7572 views 2 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2007 09:41 AM

Good day

I have two framing squares but non of them was “Square” and then, one day I saw this method on the Internet.

It’s almost impossible to square both sides because usually the “Legs” are not consistent in width.

I selected to square the out-side because I use it the most.







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#1 posted 05-22-2007 12:36 PM

Thanks Niki,
I’ve used this method, & it works good. It’s good to inform others as well.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 05-22-2007 12:37 PM

well isn’t that interesting!!! I would have just bought a new one and tossed the old one into a box somewhere

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#3 posted 05-22-2007 12:41 PM

Excellent Tip, I checked out my Square, but it was spot on – inside & outside angle, so I did not check out the angle adjustment.

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#4 posted 05-22-2007 01:58 PM

Great tip, I’ve red this before, but the pics really make it easier to understand what I’ve read.

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#5 posted 05-22-2007 03:54 PM

Great advice, once again. Thanks Niki.. I must check my squares.

How do you fix a square with a wood base?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#6 posted 05-22-2007 04:23 PM

Nicely explained old carpenter’s trick. Thanks, Niki.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 05-22-2007 05:10 PM

Good job. I did something similar last night based on Wood magazine’s recent article, “Don’t Swear, Get Square” 07/07

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#8 posted 05-22-2007 05:14 PM

Niki -

Great advice! I read about this method in Finehouse Building. As usual, your excellent labeled photos really clarify this approach.


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#9 posted 05-22-2007 10:31 PM

Thank you for your kind words

As I said, the punching idea is not mine, I just added some “colors” to the method and checked with knives instead of the traditional “pencil line” for better accuracy.

My wife is the same…one day I saw her going with the home vac to the trash…”why”, I asked… “it’s not working”, said she.
I checked and found one wire disconnected at the plug…

I have no idea how to correct the one with wood base, usually I make them myself and I don’t need any correction.
If you remember the post “Triangles – copy and past” – after you “copy” the triangle, set the router table fence to, say, 2” and route from both sides till you get try-square that will be very accurate on all the sides.
I think that if you make it from 1/2”~3/4” plywood it will be more stable than any other 2 parts try-square.


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#10 posted 05-23-2007 01:52 AM

Niki, Strange that you write this now. Two days ago I was trying to adjust my framing square and I couldn’t get it right. After I fooled with it for about 30 minutes I discovered that the short leg was not straight but bowed. I put it on my TS and found that it rocked and that the high spot was at about 3 1/2 “s. I took a file and SLOWLEY filed in that area until it didn’t rock and seemed straight. It is a cheap square stamped out of aluminum with a thick clear coating on it (us skinney old guys like light tools). Works great now but I think your idea with the knives is better than my scribe line.


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#11 posted 05-23-2007 04:28 AM

Thanks for this tutorial. Someone once described this to me, but it didn’t register until I saw your pictures! Thanks!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 05-23-2007 04:30 AM

Thanks Niki. Clear and easy to understand as always.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 08-04-2009 01:32 PM

Any chance of you re-uploading the pictures (again?).
It’s a pretty old topic so I understand if its not possible or worth it.

I’m new to these fora and boy does it have a ton of tips, and I’m really enjoyed over your jig constructions,
can’t wait to get into the workshop and test them myself.

Thanks for sharing.

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