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Offline HDClown

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Rule/Square/T-Square/Combination Square lengths
« on: June 15, 2015, 12:41 PM »
Outside of the "get 1 of every size" approach, do you have a particular length of rule, t-square, square, combination square, etc. that you tend to find yourself using the most?

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Offline RL

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Re: Rule/Square/T-Square/Combination Square lengths
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2015, 01:00 PM »
12" combination square and 30cm ruler, 150mm ruler, 4" engineers square, 3' straightedge, 12' metric/ imperial tape measure.

I have a few others but these do 99% of what I need.

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Rule/Square/T-Square/Combination Square lengths
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2015, 01:01 PM »
When I don't need to use a guide rail, the 6" Swanson Speed Square is the one I use most frequently off the MFT.  On the MFT, it's the Woodpeckers 450mm Precision Carpenters Triangle.  Then there's the 3m Talmeter tape measure. 
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Offline Kev

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Re: Rule/Square/T-Square/Combination Square lengths
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2015, 01:03 PM »
This kinda depends of the sort of stuff your making.

The bigger the item, typically the bigger the square you'll need or want for accuracy.

« Last Edit: June 16, 2015, 03:43 AM by Kev »

Offline Chris Wong

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Re: Rule/Square/T-Square/Combination Square lengths
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2015, 10:19 PM »
I have 4", 6", 12", and 18" combination squares (the 4" is a double square).  I use the 6" most.

I have 6", 12", 24", and 48" rules.  I use the 24" and 48" lengths most.

Offline Wooden Skye

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Re: Rule/Square/T-Square/Combination Square lengths
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2015, 10:47 PM »
What?  Are you really supposed to measure and make sure things are square?  This bit of wisdom may improve my work.  [big grin]

Woodpeckers 1281 square, combination square, speed square and fast cap tape measures.


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Offline GregBradley

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Re: Rule/Square/T-Square/Combination Square lengths
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2015, 12:02 AM »
I have LOTS of traditional machinist squares from years of being in that industry. They are mostly poor for woodworking. I do use the 4" double squares, and sometimes a 6" double square a lot. These are used as often for making a depth gauge as for a square. If you want a repeatable line at 1/2" just move the square to that point and leave it there. I actually have 4 4" double squares and 2 6" and wouldn't want to do with much fewer.
For a traditional try square with the bonus of markings, I have a Woodpeckers 1281 square that is heavily used. It is vastly superior to the traditional machinist square in the same sizes but the Woodpeckers is less flexible so sometime I do resort to the 4 piece machinist square. With drawers full of various squares, probably 20 in all, I probably use the 1281 and a couple 4" double squares as much as all the rest put together.

Offline ear3

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Re: Rule/Square/T-Square/Combination Square lengths
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2015, 04:39 PM »
Really happy that I invested in the Woodpeckers 32" T-Square.  Great for cutting up sheet goods, setting down a straight marker when domino-ing a wide panel, and I also use it (or a line that it created) on a scrap board to quickly square my MFT.

Rockler sells a relatively cheap assortment set of engineer's square, which I use for marking edges, short boards and squaring up my stationary power tools:

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