# uses for double square?

• posted on May 8, 2005, 1:15 pm

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.
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• posted on May 8, 2005, 6:07 pm
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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.
John Martin
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• posted on May 8, 2005, 8:34 pm
Another couple of squares to examine, one a Tee, the other double ended. Another perspective, to be sure:
http://www.patwarner.com/t_square.html http://www.patwarner.com/setup_square.html _________________________________________________________________
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• posted on May 8, 2005, 11:46 pm
The original use for a double square was for metalworking. Unlike the combination square, the double square can be clamped in a machine vise.

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• posted on May 10, 2005, 1:22 am
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 their uses.
thanks!
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• posted on May 10, 2005, 1:51 pm
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 one.
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.
More:
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, [1974]     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., [6] leaves of plates : ill. ; 29 cm.
- Carpentry and woodworking; a handbook of tools, materials, methods and directions,         Book          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 Book          Author: Arno, Jon.     Publisher, Date: Reader's Digest, c1995. - Edition: Professional ed.     ISBN: 0762102241 - Description: vii, 438 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
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