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Squaring up a try square equipped with a riveted-on wooden handle.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #22 Sep-Oct 1991 pg. 6

Simple wall-hung holder for a framing square.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #26 May-Jun 1992 pg. 12

How to check and adjust a carpenter's framing square.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #39 Jul-Aug 1994 pg. 18
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER #40 Oct 1994 pg. 4

Truing a framing square.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #82 Oct 2000 pg. 10

Keep it level. Every woodworker should know how to use levels and squares. Some tips.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 1987 (v.77#1) pg. 63

Alternative to square gauges when using a framing square to layout stair stringers or rafters.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP May 2000 (v.23#7) pg. 18

How to use the triangular framing square (Speed Square) to mark rafter cutouts.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Nov 2000 (v.24#2) pg. 58

Simple test for accuracy of a try, combination or framing square.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP May 1988 (v.11#8) pg. 51

Make your own large-scale marking tools from wood. (1) Try square. (2) Fitting square.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1995 (v.18#6) pg. 16

How to get the most out of your framing square. Includes information on tuning up the square.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Sep 1995 (v.18#12) pg. 19

Using tools. Understanding squares. Part 1.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #239 May-Jun 1983 (v.33#5) pg. 12

Using tools. Understanding squares. Part 2.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #240 Jul-Aug 1983 (v.33#6) pg. 18
Added Info FAMILY HANDYMAN #243 Nov 1983 (v.33#9) pg. 89

How to use the carpenter's square.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #263 Nov 1985 (v.35#9) pg. 22

Tip: Using a steel punch to force the legs of a carpenters square to exactly 90-degrees.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #267 Mar 1986 (v.36#3) pg. 120

How to use three basic squares (carpenter's square, combination square, Speed square).
FAMILY HANDYMAN #326 Mar 1992 (v.42#3) pg. 30

Tips on using a Speed square.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #397 Apr 1999 (v.49#4) pg. 12

Square anything from a deck to a picture frame using the 3-4-5 rule of right triangles.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #398 May 1999 (v.49#5) pg. 48

Tools for timber framing. A housewright's tools for measuring, marking and cutting. Includes tips on truing a square, sharpening a plane and grinding & sharpening drill bits and chisels.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #4 Aug-Sep 1981 pg. 21

The rafter square. How to lay out a roof using this basic tool and a new generation of accessories.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #10 Aug-Sep 1982 pg. 56

Tip: How to use your combination-square to scribe a line.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #20 Apr-May 1984 pg. 16

Tip: Use stair gauges on a framing square to improve alignment when doing other types of layout work.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #27 Jun-Jul 1985 pg. 16

Use a framing square and a combination square in place of calipers to measure the diameter of a round object.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #40 Jun-Jul 1987 pg. 16

Updating the rafter square. A new scale quickly converts decimals to fractions, and a new table speeds the layout of hips and valleys.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #75 Jun-Jul 1992 pg. 50

How to true-up a framing square.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #104 Aug-Sep 1996 pg. 30

Getting more out of your rafter square. Instructions on using the twelfth scale to do math calculations.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #111 Aug-Sep 1997 pg. 96
Correction FINE HOMEBUILDING #112 Oct-Nov 1997 pg. 12

Make your own square from wood. It can be made with the angle at something other than 90-degrees. Make one for drawing dovetails to eliminate the need for an adjustable square.
FINE WOODWORKING #7 Summer 1977 pg. 14

How to test a square for "squareness" before you purchase it.
FINE WOODWORKING #8 Fall 1977 pg. 23
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #9 Winter 1977 pg. 12

How to check a 45-degree miter square with a straightedge and a draftsman's triangle.
FINE WOODWORKING #14 Jan-Feb 1979 pg. 15

How to true a framing square using just a hammer and center-punch.
FINE WOODWORKING #17 Jul-Aug 1979 pg. 15

Tip: Use a mirror to determine if a try square is accurate. Use a mirror and straightedge to square up assemblies or strike a perfect right angle across a board.
FINE WOODWORKING #27 Mar-Apr 1981 pg. 4

Wall-hung right-angle scribing unit that can accommodate materials up to 34" wide.
FINE WOODWORKING #59 Jul-Aug 1986 pg. 10

Getting squared away. Finding the perfect perpendicular. How trysquares are manufactured, plus tips on their use and maintenance.
FINE WOODWORKING #59 Jul-Aug 1986 pg. 41
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #60 Sep-Oct 1986 pg. 4

Marking out. (1) Using the marking gauge. (2) Shop made marking gauges. (3) Large-scale layout uses shop made trammel head and oversized try square.
FINE WOODWORKING #70 May-Jun 1988 pg. 74

Assembly squares are clamped into corners to hold parts perpendicular to each other when building cabinets.
FINE WOODWORKING #73 Nov-Dec 1988 pg. 10

Improve measuring usefulness of combination square by scribing 1/8" increments on the sliding body.
FINE WOODWORKING #94 May-Jun 1992 pg. 20

The combination square. A patternmaker's tips for getting the most out of this precision instrument.
FINE WOODWORKING #96 Sep-Oct 1992 pg. 60
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #97 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 6
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #98 Jan-Feb 1993 pg. 6

Add a second head to a combination square to prevent slippage.
FINE WOODWORKING #109 Nov-Dec 1994 pg. 20

A basic layout kit. Well-made furniture and cabinets start with accurate layout tools. A look at the square, bevel gauge, ruler, marking gauge, divider, and trammel.
FINE WOODWORKING #121 Nov-Dec 1996 pg. 84

Selecting and using a combination square.
FINE WOODWORKING #135 Mar-Apr 1999 pg. 88

Tips on using the combination square, sliding T-bevel, and an inexpensive caliper.
HOME MECHANIX #688 Aug 1985 (v.81) pg. 20

Tip: Modify a combination square to draw a line parallel to the edge of a board.
HOME MECHANIX #726 Oct 1988 (v.84) pg. 29

A very versatile square. Selection and use of the combination square.
HOME MECHANIX #737 Sep 1989 (v.85) pg. 24

Tip on using a framing square to lay out precise diagonal braces for any right-angle assembly.
HOMEOWNER Sep 1989 (v.14#7) pg. 72

A look at eight common types of squares and what job each is designed for.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #6 Summer 1977 (v.2#2) pg. 26

The most useful methods for marking measured dimensions. Covers the use of the sliding T-bevel, the combination square, the try square, marking gauges, plumb bobs and trammel points.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jan-Feb 1979 (v.4#1) pg. 96

King-size carpenter's square from wood.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #421 Jun 1963 (v.59) pg. 135

Reproduce these antique tools in your shop. (1) Hand sander. (2) Bevel square. (3) Large compass. (4) Wooden clamp.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #675 Jul 1984 (v.80) pg. 62

Tip: How to make a very large square from 2x4s.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1974 (v.2#5) pg. 11

How to use a combination square.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1977 (v.148#2) pg. 14

Make your own multi-use handsaw. By mounting the blade at right angle to the shoulder of the handle, you have a right angle square. Then, install spirit level vials in the saw handle to make a level. Now you have three tools in one.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1978 (v.149#1) pg. 99

Tip: Secure a framing square to a workbench when fabricating frames and boxes which require right-angle corners.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1980 (v.154#1) pg. 31

Workshop minicourse. Using squares.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1982 (v.158#4) pg. 122

Workshop minicourse. More about squares. Using a T-bevel square and a carpenter's square.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1982 (v.158#5) pg. 52

Workshop minicourse. Using a combination square.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1984 (v.161#11) pg. 90

Using the sliding T-bevel (bevel square) measuring instrument.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1987 (v.164#5) pg. 48

Tip: Sliding stops fit on both arms of a carpenters square. You can set the stops at preset distances to speed up locating a given point (such as where to drill holes for drawer handles or other hardware).
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1987 (v.164#7) pg. 62

Combination square know-how.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1988 (v.165#9) pg. 130

Carpentry basics. Rafter layout using a framing square.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1989 (v.166#2) pg. 69

Miter square for marking 45- and 90-degree angles is made from Honduran mahogany and trimmed with solid brass.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1996 (v.173#11) pg. 98

Basics of working with the combination square.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1999 (v.176#5) pg. 110

Solve math problems with a carpenter's square.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1963 (v.182#4) pg. 132

Holding edge attachment for a carpenter's square.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1970 (v.196#1) pg. 139

How to read the Essex table on a framing square in order to calculate board feet in a piece of lumber.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #65 Mar 1992 (v.11#5) pg. 42
Added Info POPULAR WOODWORKING #66 May 1992 (v.11#6) pg. 7

Making and using small and large wooden try squares.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #77 Mar 1994 (v.13#5) pg. 24

How to check a frame or board for twist using two try squares.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #79 Jul 1994 (v.14#1) pg. 8

Use a try square as a gauge to accurately compare heights with this simple accessory.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #79 Jul 1994 (v.14#1) pg. 10

How to make an accurate layout square that is large enough to square up sheet goods.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #98 Sep 1997 (v.17#4) pg. 16

How to true up a framing square.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #99 Nov 1997 (v.17#5) pg. 16

Adjustable try square incorporates grub screws inside the metal handle.
PROJECTS IN METAL Jun 1988 (v.1#3) pg. 8

Making a cylindrical square as a master for checking other squares and parts.
PROJECTS IN METAL Aug 1988 (v.1#4) pg. 18

Correct technique for drawing a line when using a layout mark, pencil and square.
SHOPNOTES #22 Jul 1995 (v.4) pg. 28

How to make an adjustable squaring gauge.
SHOPNOTES #35 Sep 1997 (v.6) pg. 5

Make your combination square do double duty as a marking gauge.
WOOD MAGAZINE #30 Aug 1989 (v.6#4) pg. 22

Tips on collecting and using old try squares.
WOOD MAGAZINE #36 Aug 1990 (v.7#4) pg. 80

Collector's edition pocket-sized try square. Features 4" brass blade, brass handle plates, and a walnut handle. Est. cost: $4.
WOOD MAGAZINE #37 Sep 1990 (v.7#5) pg. 33

How to covert a framing square into an oversized try square.
WOOD MAGAZINE #41 Feb 1991 (v.8#2) pg. 17

How to make stamped markings on combination and try squares easier to read.
WOOD MAGAZINE #42 Apr 1991 (v.8#3) pg. 20

How to modify a combination square for measuring an obtuse angle.
WOOD MAGAZINE #44 Aug 1991 (v.8#5) pg. 14

Collector's Edition adjustable square. Walnut handle with brass trim holds a 6" metal ruler.
WOOD MAGAZINE #105 Apr 1998 (v.15#3) pg. 79, Insert

Combination square. Tips on selection and use.
WOODSMITH #122 Apr 1999 (v.21) pg. 32

The diagonal square. Using a simple wooden rod to measure the diagonals of a box, cabinet, frame or carcase to make sure it is assembled square. Also includes tips on clamping to prevent bowing of the sides.
WOODWORK #27 Jun 1994 pg. 70

Centerline square made from clear vinyl sheet.
WOODWORK #44 Apr 1997 pg. 14

Tip shows how to make a transparent squaring tool.
WOODWORK #45 Jun 1997 pg. 6

Make your own setting-out pencil gauge. Similar to a T-square, it features a movable head piece. Also, plans shown for a large carpenters square made from mahogany.
WOODWORKER #1034 Jan 1980 (v.84) pg. 33

Pattern for a T-square, carpenter's square and a mallet, all made from wood.
WOODWORKER #1093 Dec 1984 (v.88) pg. 799

Tools of the trade. Testing the bench tools that go to make up a cabinetmaker's basic kit. Part 1. Rules, marking gauges, squares, etc.
WOODWORKER #1110 May 1986 (v.90#5) pg. 432

Make your own "winding strips" to determine if a board, frame, box, drawer or carcase is square or warped.
WOODWORKER #1111 Jun 1986 (v.90#6) pg. 511

Mysteries of the steel roofing square explained. Introduction to a classic tool and its application to basic roof carpentry.
WOODWORKER May 1987 (v.91#5) pg. 388
Added Info WOODWORKER Sep 1987 (v.91#9) pg. 826

Build a cabinetmaker's square from wood. It is lighter and less likely to damage wood than a metal roofing square.
WOODWORKER Apr 1989 (v.93#4) pg. 328

Two large cabinetmaking squares are made from wood. (1) Try square with legs of 24" and 36". (2) Adjustable fitting square.
WOODWORKER Jul 1990 (v.94#7) pg. 719

Tip on modifying a marking square (or combination square) to draw a line parallel to the edge of a work piece.
WOODWORKER Sep 1990 (v.94#9) pg. 913

Modify a try-square to include a retractable blade in the handle which serves to hold the square flat on a work piece without other support.
WOODWORKER Sep 1991 (v.95#9) pg. 944

Tip on making a small try square from an angle plate (L-plate).
WOODWORKER Jan 1995 (v.99#1) pg. 89

Tip: Accurately cut try squares are made from plywood. Then they are clamped to cabinet sides during assembly to help keep mating parts square and perpendicular.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1978 (v.2#1) pg. 16

Tip: Use try-squares cut from plywood to get perfect 90-degree corners when gluing and clamping cabinets.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1981 (v.5#6) pg. 40

Tip on checking a square for accuracy before purchasing.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1988 (v.12#2) pg. 6

Tip on using your combination square to draw a line parallel to the edge of a board.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1988 (v.12#6) pg. 53

Squaring boards are used when clamping table legs and aprons together to guarantee a 90-degree corner.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1989 (v.13#1) pg. 54

Tip on adjusting a framing square which is not exactly 90-degrees between legs.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1989 (v.13#1) pg. 54

Tip on improving the usefulness of a carpenter's roofing square by fitting a removable wooden stock over the tongue of the square.
WOODWORKING TODAY #26 Nov 1991 pg. 5

A look at several versions of carpenter's squares and the information each version provides the craftsman.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1973 (v.29#5) pg. 52

How to use the standard 2-ft. framing square as a protractor. Table shows you how to determine the correct angle to cut the ends of boards being used to form polygons from 3 to 20 sides.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1979 (v.35#6) pg. 20

Tip: Make a versatile marking and measuring gauge by placing the heads from two combination squares on one blade.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1989 (v.45#1) pg. 24

Mr. Starrett's revolutionary combination square. Includes tips on using the adjustable square with the 45/90-degree sliding head.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1990 (v.46#2) pg. 18