Need one Carpentry Square? Which One is Best for You?

Carpentry Squares are simple but indispensable measuring tools that can do some amazing tricks.

When we do carpentry work, 90-degree is the basic standard—when corners meet at 90 degrees, drawers fit, windows close tight, and walls stand straight. The key to all this is a square.

There are a couple of types of carpentry squares at the home center, but if you are a beginner and are not familiar with the carpentry work you are going to do. Obviously, you don’t need them all, but how to decide which one is best for you?

Whether you need to measure or cut, choose the right one for you based on their following features we are going to talk about:

Speed Square

With no exaggeration to say, the first square you buy should be a 12-inch speed square. It’s versatile and unbreakable, allows you to draw a perfectly square cut line or 45-degree miter, and use the square as a fence for crosscutting. It has markings for laying out rafter, roof trim, and stair angles.

Framing Square

Consisting of a long blade and a shorter & narrower tongue, the L-shaped framing square comes in is everything a builder needs to get the work done quickly, efficiently, and accurately. It’s also good for laying out rafters and stair stringers. Ruler increments (in 1⁄8, 1⁄10, 1⁄12, and 1⁄16 inch) are printed on both the inside and outside edges; be careful to read the correct side and measurement. A framing square is a must-have for any carpenter or builder: it features easy-to-read measurement scales and makes angles with accuracy easily.

Combination Square

A combination square is good for laying out lines for ripping, crosscutting, mitering, and making notches. With its sliding head, close at hand for gauging lines, a combination square can slides along the blade and lock, allowing you to transfer a distance accurately and hold it while you draw a line with a pencil.

Which type of square you buy all depends on your job and personal preferences. Carpentry squares can come in plastic, aluminum, and steel material, so choose which material is right for you. While whatever size, material, or price are, take the time to test it and make sure the markings are clear and measurements are accurate. Check for warps and defects in the metal as well. This will ensure you are getting the most out of your tool while creating the best quality products you need!

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