For more information on the square, see our beginner site Common Woodworking.
On Sunday morning my students and I met at 8am to check out the local car boot sales. There wasn’t much there, but I found two squares for £1.00.
The second square was by Crown of Sheffield here in the UK; not old but sound, of good steel, pleasing brass and solid beech. Now, as you can see, they don’t look much really, but let’s look at the wretched things a little more closely. Say you’ve got little money and and need a square as part of your new kit. It would be easy to snub these two, accepting that first appearances count. Within a few minutes the squares started to look a little healthier and once de-rusted and checked for truth I found them both dead square*.
Here are the end results of my work