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Belg1960

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512 days ago

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Guys/ladies, I’m looking to buy a quality square with a fat blade like the Woodpecker version and wonder if I could get some feedback on any similar style version.

Is this tool worth the money and are there any similar style tools available. Thanks much, Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!


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Loren

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#1 posted 512 days ago

I’m a little concerned that the lines don’t wrap
around the thick edge on that square.

I do have a lot of squares I’ve acquired over the years
and the ones I use most are a 12” combo square
(have a Starrett but also have a cheapy and the
cheap one was simple to tune to be accurate
enough for woodworking), a 4” square a lot
like this one# ,
a Veritas saddle square , and a
Veritas sliding square.

I build cabinetry and furniture mostly.

I am actually on the lookout for a metric square large
enough to lay out holes in 24” deep cabinets. I know
Woodpecker makes something like that but I’m not
sure the price is worth it to me.

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 512 days ago

You can grab a vintage or even newer Starrett off ebay reasonably priced, if you keep an eye out.

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Belg1960

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#3 posted 512 days ago

Loren, I have an 8” starrett combo square which I use all the time. Its my go to square. I also have an 18” version which I bought second hand and it is not square, so I would love to hear how to tune this one. I did not know that was possible. Thanks Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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mbs

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#4 posted 512 days ago

I like the woodpecker quality. I carry there 6” in my shop apron and bought their large framing square to do machine setup. It was expensive but worth it to me. I have a Starrett 6” combo and 12” combo that aren’t as square as I like.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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Loren

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#5 posted 512 days ago

You need a thin file that can get in there and you can
file down one of the other end of the sliding part. You
just draw a line on a board and flip the square, take
it apart, file a bit, put it back together and check until
it flips square. I suppose on an 18” square you should
check the ruler part first to make sure it’s not bent.

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Belg1960

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#6 posted 512 days ago

Loren, you won’t believe this. I went down to check the ruler for trueness,took it out of the head and removed the spring and locking screw, when I did that a tiny splinter fell out. The ruler is atraight as an arrow, re assembled the tool and did the line test and its dead on. I bought this tool at least 2 years ago and just cursed the seller this whole time for selling me a “bad” tool and all it needed was a little tlc and to ask the right question. Man I feel stupid!!

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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Loren

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#7 posted 512 days ago

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#8 posted 512 days ago

I’m not sure, Pat, how thick you need the blade. I am a big fan of the Nobex Quattro (I own 4 of them, three different lengths) but the blade is a little flexible.

You can see them here as well as elsewhere.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Belg1960

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#9 posted 512 days ago

Lee, I appreciate the link. I was looking for something with at least an 1/8” blade maybe even a little thicker I find myself that I always put too much pressure against lighter blades. I want something long enough that I can use it to accurately crosscut panels.

MBS, I appreciate the response and am seriously considering the 1281 purchase, but might go with the 24” t square. Which do think will be of better use for the above described procedure?

Thanks guys for the help. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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