I love my speed squares (6" and 12") but I obviously haven't been getting full advantage from them. That said, there are still some jobs, like cutting the bird's mouth on a rafter, that I would use my rafter/stair buttons and a standard framing square for.
You took the words right out of my fingertips, Gary. My cheap plastic one will be replaced too.
Wow, I just looked on Amazon and found there's a combination pack of the 7" speed square and a 6" combination square for $10.05. I have a combo square already but it's never where I am, so now I will have two.
I use the cheap plastic ($1 each) speed squares from Harbor Freight when I'm making boxes, if the boxes are large enough to fit them, but I grind the 90 deg corner off at about 45 deg so they fit better. I clamp them inside the just assembled box to keep the corners at 90 deg "while the glue dries". The glue doesn't stick to them very well, so they are easy to get back out, and are much cheaper than the Rockler and Woodpecker corner clamps I use the real aluminum Swanson Speed Squares for my more important squaring/measuring/angle finding and saw guiding needs.
That's a great video. I learned a few new things about them too. I plan to watch it a few more times. Thanks for posting it, Harry.
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