Are You Getting the Most from Your Combo Square?
Learn basic techniques to set up shop machines, lay out joinery, and fine-tune workpieces with this versatile measuring tool
Synopsis: The combination square is one of those essential tools that no woodworker should be without. Even if you are just starting out as a woodworker, it won’t take long to learn how valuable this simple tool can be — it is at once a machinist’s square, a straightedge, an adjustable try square, a miter square, a marking gauge, a depth gauge, and a ruler. You can use it to set up shop machines, to true workpieces, to lay out joinery, and to fine-tune it when you are nearly done.
Telling new woodworkers about the combination square is a little like being the announcer in those old commercials for the Ronco Veg-O-Matic. No, the square won’t slice and it won’t dice, but it will excel at so many woodworking jobs that it’s tempting to say “But wait! There’s more!”
A good combination square can serve…