Buying a Square

Paul Sellers recommends a 12” (300mm) combination square as this should be suitable for almost all woodworking projects. He finds the try squares don’t remain accurately square as with the better quality combination square. When buying a square, look out for one with a cast iron head as the ones with aluminium heads tend to go out of square after a while and are difficult make square again. If you cannot get one with a cast iron head, just make sure you check that it is square before starting each project. The ones with a cast aluminium head can be found for under £10, the ones with a cast iron head are more expensive and can be bought between £25-30 and on up to over £100.

To view the parts of a square, click here.

We purchased this combination square from Amazon Prime for £21.99*

Combination Square on work bench

*Prices correct as of June 2018

Further Reading

To read more on Squares, we recommend the following from Paul’s blog:

Buying Good Tools Cheap #2- The Combination Square

2 comments on “Buying a Square

  1. Hi Paul the guide are a good idea thanks
    So the question is how would you check for square if you have no reference tool.

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