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Old 01-19-2009, 03:41 AM
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Default Need a long, accurate square

I have searched here and at the other forum, and I still haven't found what I'm looking for (cue Bono). I am trying to find a square at least 18" long that is really accurate, so not a box store special framing square.
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:54 AM
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Default Re: Need a long, accurate square

I hate to throw out the obvious but why not make your own? It can be made out of a nice piece of hardwood.

Another answer is to go to a local machine shop and have them make one for you. Machinist play with accuracies way beyond our needs.
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Old 01-19-2009, 04:05 AM
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Default Re: Need a long, accurate square

My brother-in-law is trying to figure out the best way to make one for me, but its taking a little longer than I had hoped. So I'm thinking of just buying one.

I suppose I could make one, but I really like shiny new things. . .
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Old 01-19-2009, 04:13 AM
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I bought a cheap 18 inch speed square. Knowing that the speed squares are stamped to shape, I figured it has to be close to being square. It's off by an 1/8 inch over it's length. Very disappointing.

I swear that is the last time I'm spending money for a square. There are so many things square already. We all know how to make something square. So I'm giving up on buying squares.
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Old 01-19-2009, 04:16 AM
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Default Re: Need a long, accurate square

I have both of these and they seem fine. Probably not worth the money but they look nice...

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Old 01-19-2009, 04:19 AM
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I have both of these and they seem fine. Probably not worth the money but they look nice...

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I have the 12" version. It's very accurate. Worth the money? Tough to say.

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Old 01-19-2009, 05:08 AM
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I have Woodpecker's 12" Precision Triangle and the 18" Carpenter Triangle and like both very much. If I could only own one, it would definitely be the 18" Carpenter Triangle.
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:44 AM
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I have the 18" square and it is dead nuts accurate. it came in a nifty mdf case that I promptly threw out. I did a test of the square by cutting a large rectangle using the guiderail aligned to the square on cuts 2,3, and 4. the rectangle was about 45" x 45" and the diagonals measured the same.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:52 AM
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Default Re: Need a long, accurate square

Hi,

I have to jump on the Woodpeckers band wagon as well. I have several of the squares and rules. Pricey , well made, nice to use. All of the Woodpeckers measuring stuff that I have checks out against one another. In other words, I can switch from the 48" straight edge rule, to the 36" wood working rule to the 12" square, etc and maintain consistency and accuracy. EX- 9 5/16" is the same actual measurement on all of them. The squares all check out to 90 degrees.


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Old 01-19-2009, 09:57 AM
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Here you go Sparky................ this guy is really good with ideas for not buying something

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