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Questions Answered – Box-storing a Combination Square

I thought that this question was interesting and of interest in terms of what do you do with a treasured square. Question: I just bought a Starrett combination square and I want to keep it safe apart from using it at work. How do you keep your square safe? Perhaps is there a nice little…

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On Woodworking Squares and Working Wood

What is a Square? A square is a simple tool used to make marks square to an edge as well as check the squareness of different faces, edges and ends of different materials. Especially is this so in metal and woodworking where rigid materials are formed into fabricated products of an indeterminate range. The square…

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The Square Cross-references My Work – Boring?

The square doesn’t seem to do much and yet everything I do at the bench depends on the most undervalued tool I have. In this article I tell you that it has never been more than three feet from my hands in 50 years. I hope this interests you. There’s an intenseness when the square…

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Buying good tools cheap #2 – The combination square

The engineer’s combination square Today I begin with talking about my square. I have more than one for practical reasons, but the one I reach for the most is a standard engineer’s combination square. As the name implies, this tools was designed for the high demands of the engineer.You will likely add more types and…

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My minimalist tool list – the square

Which tools do you really need? Some of you have asked about the tools you should buy to get going. I will try cover them over the next few days. I am not really a minimalist when it comes to hand tools and because there is no one size fits all tool I can expand…

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Checking your square’s squareness

Provided you have a perfectly square square, it’s a simple matter to check a square for square. Most people starting out may not have that luxury. So, you bought a tidy looking square from a carboot sale or flea market or you received one from granddad’s garage tools. How will you know if it’s got the…

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Car boot squares

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. As I sanded away the rust from the combination square the name of the maker emerged and I discovered a Rabone Chesterman square model 1812. The…

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  • Don Trust on Shameful Stanley UKUnfortunately, it's not just the small inexpensive tools that are suffering the poor design and shoddy workmanship problem that is rampant in all industries. About 13 years ago my…
  • Don Trust on Shameful Stanley UKI did exactly that - bought a Veritas replacement blade for the Stanley 151 I bought recently (well, a few months ago). I highly recommend that. The difference is amazing. You stil…
  • JEAN CLAUDE PEETERS on Shameful Stanley UKFunny. I bought one and it works fine, it really does. But the next one they had in the shop looked horrible. (they only buy one at a time, apparently...)
  • Jurandyr on Shameful Stanley UKIs this a worldwide problem? Old tools are expensive on ebay and other sites, at least here in Brazil, and the new ones just don't have the slightest quality. I think that the manu…
  • Paul Sellers on Shameful Stanley UKMy comment was for those who could never spend £90 on a spokeshave or hundreds of pounds on planes and such, not a criticism of tool sellers or toolmakers. Look deep enough and you…
  • John2v on Shameful Stanley UKOh and I hasten to add....rebates and moulds using a sticking board.......I have several lengths.....all made from scrap wood
  • John2v on Shameful Stanley UKI've just started to make a few picture frames ......using a mahogany draw front, from pre-war "utility" furniture. Stock cut to size using a pre-war rip saw.....sharpened followin…
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