Guide to Buying a Combination Square for Woodworking

Joshua Farnsworth talks about how to choose a 6-inch combination square for traditional woodworking. The below link leads to his list of the basic set of hand tools that you'll need when getting started in traditional woodworking:

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15 Comments

  1. Completely agree with the wisdom to buy well and buy once.
    Love the intro music. Care to share?

  2. My 7 inch craftsman combination square was $7.49 and is absolutely square,
    maybe I got lucky, but it’s something to think about. I also have my
    grandpas 12 inch craftsman combination square that is at least 40 years old
    and it is also perfectly square.
    

  3. Awesome Joey! Also, it would be great to have any tools from grandparents.

  4. Why not adjust the square with a file? They have metal pads in the slot
    made for adjustments.

  5. I bought a cheap 6 in from Sears and have regretted it. The length of the
    body was concave and the blade wasn’t straight in either dimension. With a
    great deal of work however, I was able to straighten both the blade and
    body by sanding it on top of a flat piece of marble. By pressing it up
    against the side of another square body to keep it at 90 degrees, I was
    able to sand it flat and square (after something ridiculous like 5
    attempts!)

  6. They can be adjusted! Check you tube for it.

  7. If you can’t afford something like a Starrett, a cheap brand can suffice
    and you can always adjust them to be square relatively easily.

  8. +Joey Kissinger Years ago Craftsman sold some quality squares made by Brown
    and Sharpe but the run of the mill Craftsman is hit or miss. If you have
    one that you are happy with, stick with it.

  9. Starrett is not the only option. There is also Brown and Sharpe, Lufkin,
    PEC, and Blue Point who makes squares for Snap-On; all are high quality
    tools. All are made in the USA except the Blue Points, not sure where they
    are made.

  10. seen a lot of advertising but none like this. all combination squares can
    be adjusted in about 20 minutes if they are really bad and these usually
    are under £3 so they should be around the $6-7 mark. when one starts new
    funds are limited and item may be lost a lot easier and more frequent
    specially if you work on sites.

  11. +Rick McQuay Exactly, just suggesting one brand is very ignorant!

  12. +scoobtoober29 No, I think he is recommending what he knows. Many people
    don’t like to recommend tools they haven’t personally used, nothing wrong
    with that. I wheel and deal in old tools and get to see many different
    brands. When you pick up a quality tool, like a Lufkin (etc.) combo square,
    immediately you know it’s different than Empire, Swanson, Craftsman, etc.;
    you can feel the quality of it. It becomes an addiction.

  13. I can see that, maybe I’m being a bit harsh for too.

  14. That laugh though

  15. What about steel vs. iron cast?

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