Woodpeckers precision woodworking square or T-square?

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Forum topic by AUBrian posted 02-10-2014 04:58 PM 4598 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2014 04:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: woodpeckers t-square square

The title says it all. I’m looking to increase my precision, and am looking for a better tool for my marking. I’m down to the woodworking square and the t-square, and I don’t understand what benefit the woodworking square has over the T to justify the additional $30. Anyone have experience with both that can help out?

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#1 posted 02-10-2014 05:24 PM

You mean the carpenter’s square which has a 45° angle vs the t-square which has parallel edges? Seems to me they have different uses. I don’t use a t-square in my shop but I have several angle squares, very handy.


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#2 posted 02-10-2014 05:46 PM

The T square is longer but the regular square is more versatile, so it depends on how you want to use it. The T square is more for layout work, while the square (try square) is more for checking to see if you cut or edges are square.

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 06:23 PM

I’d get the woodworking square (If I were buying woodpeckers), then buy a $20 T-square from an office supply store.

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#4 posted 02-10-2014 06:29 PM

... depends on the type of work you do.

I use a Woodpecker’s metric T-square for cabinet
layout but that’s because the hardware is designed
for metric.

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#5 posted 02-10-2014 08:39 PM

Rick, I have the triangle set – the 6.25” and 4.5” combo pack. I’m looking at the 12” T-square and the 1281

I already have several t-squares, that have varying degrees of squareness, but I’m tired of checking square everytime I pick up a tool – and even then not trusting it. I want something that I know is square and will stay that way.

For how I will use it (Layout for smaller pieces primarily) it seems like both tools would serve the same purpose…

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 11:21 PM

The Woodpeckers square looks very nice, but is pricy and perhaps larger than needed.

I have the 7” Incra “Guaranteed Square”, and use it to set up machines and check squareness. I have used it for marking, but prefer to save it for checking squareness.

If I had not already the Incra square, I think I would buy a steel “engineers” square – probably from PEC tools. There are several similar imported squares from Grizzly and on Amazaon and Ebay etc. For about $20, you can get a square that is very accurate and fine for setting up machines. You could use it for marking too, but it has no rule markings on it.

Lately, for marking, I have the PEC Tools 6” double square, which, in spite of having a sliding head, is specified as accurate within 0.001” and is not detectably less square than my Incra square, and is a handy pocketable size. Frequently, however it is a little short.

It has very sharp markings down to 64ths.

These are available on Amazon – were $35, but now are $45. sells the exact same square described as a “second” (cosmetic) for only $21.50, but does not reveal that it is made by PEC tools.

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#7 posted 02-11-2014 12:34 AM

Thanks for posting the Garret Wade deal. I’m in for one. Looks like a fine square. And I won’t need a stiff drink if I drop it.

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#8 posted 02-11-2014 03:12 AM

I have a variety of plastic drafting squares from little to big. Have found them perfectly square. Drafting “T” squares, on the other hand are another story. One wacky, or trip to the floor, and they are toast.

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#9 posted 02-11-2014 04:35 AM

These have worked for me for the last 10 years.

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#10 posted 02-11-2014 03:13 PM


I see you have the Incra too. Who made the others?

I also have an 18” combo square (Empire, I think) and a smaller one – look a lot like yours. I never assumed they were very accurate, but recently checked them and found them to be pretty good.


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#11 posted 02-11-2014 03:33 PM

I think you will find that the T square is a bit better for layout, but the woodworker square is more versatile for things beyond layout, and does the layout task well enough that if you are choosing, get the woodworker’s square.

I’m a sucker for measurement and layout tools. I have the 6” one piece woodpecker’s square, a (used) Starrett combo square, a Lee Valley 4” double square and a couple of Swanson folding squares I picked up on sale. They all get used. I really, really like the double square and the Woodpeck square. They are my go-to tools for most layout tasks. The combo square comes out when the adjustability is needed, or the extra 12 inches are needed.

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#12 posted 02-11-2014 06:46 PM

I’ve been eyeballing the Incra: 12” T-Rule, Protractor, & centering ruler. Just wasn’t sure how much use I would get from the T-rule. The centering ruler is something I’ve wanted for a long time.


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#13 posted 02-11-2014 09:43 PM

Rick, do you really need a centering rule?
There are sooo many way to find the center without a rule just for that purpose.

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#14 posted 02-12-2014 01:35 AM

I know, I’ve been using all those methods for years :)

But in the last year I’ve decided I’m tired of workarounds and have been buying or making more tools.


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#15 posted 02-12-2014 05:03 AM

I’ve bought several things from Woodpecker because their quality is impeccable, I’ve met the owners, they’re nice, big fan of their standards. If money were no object I’d fill my garage with Woodpecker stuff but there are cheaper, reliable alternatives out there. I almost bought the Woodpecker WW square a few months ago, could not pull the trigger on that price. That said, AUBrian, if you get it you won’t be disappointed in the workmanship. I think I’ve seen the 24” T-square in a few Wood Whisperer videos.

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