As one of the simplest tools a square is used to mark cuts, measure angles, check squareness and edges etc. With flowing time, it has become a staple tool for the woodworkers. As it gets, it’s important to know about different types of square tools. You must know the squares and choose the one you needed, not the one which is unnecessary. For, there are too many of them. In the section, we are going to make you known about different square tools.
Types of Square Tools
A combination square is a tool which is used in multiple functions like woodworking, stonemasonry, metal working etc. It’s mainly used for the measurement purposes. This square is usually made of a ruler and interchangeable heads; the standard or square head or handle is the most common one. The handle or head has two parts- the shoulder and an anvil.
From the ruler or ruled blade, the shoulder is at a 45-degree angle. And, the anvil is at 90-degree angle with the ruler. For being able to move along the ruler, the handle also contains an adjustable knob. Often, they contain scriber and vial also.
There is a variety of uses like measuring angles, determining level, determining flatness and so on.
A speed square is a triangular shaped tool used in woodworking, metal working etc. for marking or measurement purpose. It’s also known as triangular square or rafter square. It is usually made of steel or aluminum or plastic. It is a combo of multi-tools.
This has a ruler, a try square, a protractor, a scriber, a board ripping guide, a saw guide for making 90 and 45-degree cuts. There is a point where the edges make a right angle in the square, is called the pivot and lip is the extruded edge.
The speed square is full of graduations. You can easily recognize it by its common triangular shape. They are used in marking, measuring, as saw guide etc.
A drywall square is used in technical drawing and measuring and marking drywall, plywood etc. It is a T shaped square.
A drywall square has mainly two parts- blade and stock or head. The comparatively longer portion is blade which is usually made of metal like steel. It is riveted to a handle made of wood, metal or plastic. The head is thicker than the blade usually.
A framing square, also known as steel square or carpenter’s square is a tool mainly used in heavy woodworks and carpentries. It is an L shaped right-angled square. It consists of a long arm which is at the right angle with a short arm. The long arm is called blade which is mostly 2 inch wide and the shorter and narrower is called the tongue. There are different types of scales printed on it. The square is usually made of steel. It can be made from aluminum or polymer also.
The framing square can be used in laying out lines. It can be used in checking edges and corners of boards to see whether they are square or not with the adjoining surface. The square is used to check flatness.
A try square is a tool used in woodworking or metalworking for marking or measuring purpose. The name ‘try square’ has been derived from the concept of trying a square or surface. The L shaped square has mainly two parts- blade and stock or handle. The comparatively longer portion is blade which is usually made of metal like steel. It is riveted to a handle made of wood, metal or plastic. The stock is thicker than the blade. In many try squares, the blades have graduations for measurement purpose.
The try square can be used in laying out lines. It can be used in checking edges and corners of boards to see whether they are square or not with the adjoining surface. It is used in measuring 90-degree angles.
This sliding square is a versatile and flexible tool. It has two parts. It has a handle made of wood or plastic and has a movable blade which can be located at any angle by loosening or tightening the screw or locking mechanism.
It is used to measure the angles of edges. It is used for bisecting angles when used with a compass for mitering. The square is used to check the consistency of an edge.
Recognizing the right type of square for your work is very important; otherwise, the utility of the square and your money might be wasted. Therefore, we have tried to cover different types of square tools by describing them to you. Read, research which one you should get for your work and then buy according to your need.