I've read a lot of posts here recently about "double squares", and I've
never been able to figure out the advantages of one of these over a
combination square. I have both (bought used at garage sales). I have
always felt I was missing some use of the double square that would make
my world more enjoyable. It is like having something valuable, but not
knowing what the value is.
Thanks for your comments!
One advantage is that you can set the blade to length to scribe a fixed
distance from an edge - say, for setting out screw holes - and still be
able to use the other side as a square. Plus, it's handier in some
places where the wider stock of the combination square might not fit.
Other than that, though, there is not much that you can do with the
double square that you can't do with the combination square.
Another couple of squares to examine, one a Tee, the other double
Another perspective, to be sure:
Hey thanks for the replies! It's hard to admit that I have tools that I
don't know how to use. I bought mine real cheap in a box of asst. tools
at a garage sale. It's hard to pass up a deal, plus I had spotted the
double square, and I thought I could learn it usefulness later (who
would have know it was years later). I will be able to go to sleep
tonight knowing I learned something today. I know I learn something
almost every day, but I don't always admit it. Maybe some day someone
would start up a newsgroup to help people identify tools and describe
On Tue, 10 May 2005 02:22:26 +0100, the inscrutable toolmiser
Until then, check your local library and some websites. Once you find
out what the tools are, you can find more info at the library on each
http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan0.htm Stanley plane bible
Aldren Watson wrote "Old Ways of Working Wood", and Roy Underhill
wrote a library of "The Woodwright's Shop" books which are excellent
for handtool use and are full of interesting projects.
The illustrated encyclopedia of woodworking handtools, instruments, &
devices : containing a full description of the tools used by
carpenters, joiners, and cabinet makers, with many examples of tools
used by other woodworkers such as, woodsmen, sawyers, coach makers,
wheelwrights, shipwrights, wainwrights, coopers, turners, pattern
makers, and whittlers Book
Author: Blackburn, Graham, 1940-
Publisher, Date: New York : Simon and Schuster, 
ISBN: 0671218743 - Description: 238 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Tools and how to use them : an illustrated encyclopedia Book
Author: Jackson, Albert, 1943-
Publisher, Date: New York : Knopf, 1986, c1978.
Description: 352 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Encyclopedia of antique tools & machinery Book
Author: Wendel, C. H.
Publisher, Date: Iola, Wis. : Krause Publications, c2001.
ISBN: 0873416074 (pbk.) -
Description: 255 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
The woodworker's complete shop reference Book
Author: Churchill, J. (Jennifer), 1971-
Publisher, Date: Popular Woodworking Books, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 1558706321 -
Description: 143 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm.
The Garrett Wade book of woodworking tools Book
Author: Chinn, Gary.
Publisher, Date: New York : Crowell, c1979. -
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 0690018401 -
Description: 191 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Mastering woodworking machines Book
Author: Duginske, Mark.
Publisher, Date: Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c1992.
ISBN: 0942391985 - Description: 245 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Woodworker's hand tools : an essential guide Book
Author: Peters, Rick.
Publisher, Date: New York : Sterling Pub., c2001.
ISBN: 0806966610 (pbk.) -
Description: 192 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Modern power tool woodworking Book
Author: DeCristoforo, R. J.
Publisher, Date: Raymond, Miss. : Magna Publications, c1967.
Description: 352 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
The complete book of home workshop tools Book
Author: Scharff, Robert.
Publisher, Date: New York : McGraw-Hill, c1979.
ISBN: 0070550425 - Description: ix, 438 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
The tools that built America Book
Author: Bealer, Alex W.
Publisher, Date: Barre, Mass. : Barre Pub. ; New York :
distributed by Crown Publishers, c1976. - Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0517524058 - Description: vii, 212 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Antique woodworking tools : a guide to the purchase, restoration and
use of old tools for today's shop Book
Author: Dunbar, Michael.
Publisher, Date: New York : Hastings House, c1977.
ISBN: 0803858213 - Description: 192 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Modern woodworking : tools, materials, and processes Book
Author: Wagner, Willis H.
Publisher, Date: Goodheart-Willcox Co., c1978.
ISBN: 0870062468 -
Description: 432 p.,  leaves of plates : ill. ; 29 cm.
Carpentry and woodworking; a handbook of tools, materials, methods and
Author: Haines, Ray Edward.
Publisher, Date: New York, D. Van Nostrand Co. 1948
Description: vii, 152 p. illus. 22 cm.
The insider's guide to buying tools : best of Popular woodworking
magazine Book [Do you recognize the author's name?] ;)
Author: Self, Charles R.
Publisher, Date: Cincinnati, OH : Popular Woodworking Books, 2000.
ISBN: 1558705422 (alk. paper) -
Description: 128 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
The woodworkers visual handbook : from standards to styles, from
tools to techniques : the ultimate guide to every phase of woodworking
Author: Arno, Jon.
Publisher, Date: Reader's Digest, c1995. -
Edition: Professional ed.
ISBN: 0762102241 -
Description: vii, 438 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
I survived the D.C. Blizzard of 2000...from California.
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