Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Gets

After years of coveting, I finally bought myself a Precision Double Square from Lee Valley.

I have larger ones in the shop, so this time I chose the small 4" version. It's a gem, and is my new favourite square, It's pocket-sized, light, and according to my calipers, accurate in every dimension. The numbers and graduations are etched and ink-filled, and are easily readable against the satin finished rule. The knurled knob is a little awkward, but it works well, and is spring loaded to provide resistance to the blade while being adjusted.

It's graduated in four scales, 32nds and 64ths,

and 8ths and 16ths.

It's so pretty even my Wife likes it.


  1. That looks a cracker, do they come in metric?

  2. Sorry Bud, American made Imperial only.

  3. Boo, that's no good. I can use Imperial, but just prefer metric. Saying that, I order my timber by the cubic foot, then rough measure in inches, then switch to metric. Can't seem to say I'm 1.8m tall either, saying 6ft seems more natural. How confused us Europeans must be hey:-).

  4. Us Canadian are in the same boat, I think I'd prefer to use metric, it makes for easier math and a millimeter is as small as I need. Unfortunately our materials are more often than not American sourced, thus the need for the Imperial mindset. Then I purchase European hardware, or Baltic Birch plywood, and I need to swap back again. My Father in Law has it rough, as an architect he needs to plan in Imperial, then swap to Metric, paticularily for Goverment work. It's an unnecessary source of error. I'm planning on taking a Machinists course this fall, and have been training myself to think in decimal inches. It would be nice if the whole world would get on board and be done with it.

    Lumber by the cubic foot? Here we use the board foot, 12"x12"x1", or, in inches, lxwxh/144.


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