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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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 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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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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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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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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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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  • Anthont on Edge Sharpening Under £10I found the 240 grit plate I have seemed to wear very quickly. I wonder if that is normal for them to wear for the first few sharpens, unless I’m unlucky?
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