Just as a speed square is an essential layout tool for carpenters and framers, this small square is similar in both form and function but is appropriately sized for laying out joinery and other common workshop tasks.
Measuring only 60mm on the two shorter sides, it is a compact, lightweight tool that fits into a pocket, comes to hand nicely, and is easy to handle for precise work on smaller workpieces. And although it is ideally sized for working with 1 × 2 stock, it’s certainly not limited to projects on that scale – once you’re in the habit of using it, you may well be surprised at how advantageous it is in many other situations where you might typically use a larger square.
Machined from solid aluminum with a matte anodized surface, it is laser etched on both sides with metric measurements in 1 millimetre increments as well as angles in 5° increments.
The base extends 1/8" from one side of the blade and 1/4" on the other – convenient references that, among other uses, give you an easy way to mark mortises centered on 1/2" and 3/4" stock, respectively. The 1/8" side also permits reliable registration on very thin stock where the benchtop might otherwise obstruct a deeper base.
Where the base meets the blade, the inside corners are slightly relieved to ensure that the square seats well over saw whiskers.
Simple and practical, it is a tool you will reach for often. Made in Canada.
Also available in 35mm, 85mm and Imperial sizes, as well as in three-piece sets of Imperial or metric squares.