The woodworking squares and other miter squares that helps us

The woodworking squares plays a important part in all our projects and tasks. It can layout the various angles needed for the joints of the project be it a 90 degree, 45 degree, or any degree in between.

There are different types and sizes of woodworking squares, such as the combination square, framing square, try square, miter square, or the ever so common speed square for the carpenter. Depending on the type of square itself the cost of one can range from very cheap to some what expensive, but remember also that the quality of the square is imprtant too.

Each square can perform a different or similar task depending on the job that it is being used for.

Some of the many types of woodworking squares.

  • Combination Square
  • Try Square
  • Framing Square
  • Sliding bevel
  • Speed Square

These are just some of the squares that are availible to us. Each square coming in various sizes to for us to choose, be it from very little to very large depending on what best suits the indivual or the job at hand.

Lets start with the most common, the combination square. This square generally is a two piece square consisting of a head and a steel blade that holds the head.

Most of these squares has a level bubble built into the head along with a scratch awl also. The scratch awl being use for making a mark or scratch on the wood to locate a certain point. The blade varies in length,with the most common being 12 inches which also has ruled markings on it also.

This square is very simple to use making it the best square for the beginner or even the pros. The combination square has a wide range of uses, it can check or mark a 90 degree or a 45 degree miter. It can check the depth of a cut and also be used for a marking device.

It can also be handy for a quick level check if the square has the level bubble included, which most does.

Here are some of the examples.

There are a more accessories that you can add to the combination square, one is the 45 degree square and the other is the miter square.

The 45 degree square allows us to check forty fives and also provives a way to find the center on a turning or a square stock.

The miter square will allow us to ckeck the miter or angle with the markings on the gauge. This in turn will let easily duplicate the miter or angles and or reference it for future cuts.

The compontents of the combination square.

A few more woodworking squares that you will come across. The large L shape is the framing square, used mainly in carpentry and house framing. The small L shape is the try square, used for smaller projects to ckeck square.

The other is the sliding bevel, mainly used to tranfer miter cuts of the same degree from one piece of lumber to another.




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