|Close up photo of the etched graduations on a Starrett Combination Square - a real quality tool|
|Fine woodwork requires high quality squares. Templates by numbers does not seek to obsolete these essential tools but rather to provide an alternative in certain situations. More on that later but first let's make a list of the qualities required in a good square.|
|The square on the left is an Engineer's Square. These squares offer advantages in accuracy and sturdiness over the traditional Carpenter's Square.
Always be careful to never drop your square, especially onto a concrete surface. If you do it could be game-over for the accuracy of your square!
|The Combination Square has a moveable headstock meaning it can be used for a variety of tasks including:
Measuring depth, scribing offsets from an edge, measuring and marking mitres.
The difference in quality between a cheap and expensive tool can be vast. Features of a quality tool:
|A good quality square together with a marking knife is unbeatable for striking a square line across a workpiece...provided that the square blade is longer than the workpiece width.
As the workpiece gets wider, the accuracy of using a square to make a mark diminishes-a 6inch square offers little guarantee for a 600mm cross cut.
Framing squares are available in 24inch and 36inch sizes and many woodworkers find these effective for marking out 8foot by 4foot sheet material.
Templates by numbers offers an alternative to marking out sheet material or indeed large mortises by removing the need for a square. Instead we use a trammel to scribe the corners of a perfectly square rectangle.
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