No more un-square squares. This one is made from solid phenolic

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Review by GaryK posted 08-08-2009 02:14 AM 5091 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
No more un-square squares. This one is made from solid phenolic No more un-square squares. This one is made from solid phenolic No more un-square squares. This one is made from solid phenolic Click the pictures to enlarge them

I was notified via e-mail about this square and ordered one right away.

It’s a bit pricey at $70, but I will only ever need one.

The first thing I did when I got it was to check it for square. It was perfect. Not much more to say in that regard.
The only drawback I can see that the material isn’t steel which means that it can be damaged it you aren’t careful.
The holes for your hands makes it real easy to move around and position.
It’s also nice and thick so it’s real easy to hold a straightedge to it to extend a line.

All in all it’s a great addition to my shop.

Taken from their website:

“Each square is CNC machined from ¼” thick solid phenolic. CNC machining ensures true dimensional and shape accuracy while laminated phenolic is stable and strong.

As a matter of fact, using a thousandth indicator we were unable to find any deviation from a true 90. To play it safe, we’re guaranteeing a tolerance of +/- .005” from nominal across the entire length of the square. This is a big step up from stamped squares commonly found in home centers.

At 36” x 24”, the Woodpeckers Giant Square is sized to eliminate the need to mark most cabinet parts from opposite edges. Making two passes from different edges often leads to dimensional errors. The long leg is 3” wide by 36” long. The short leg is 4” by 24”. The three handle slots make it easy to hold and position with less risk of dropping the tool and also easy wall storage.

Each face of the square is laser engraved with inch scale markings in 1/8” increments.”

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 08-08-2009 02:21 AM

Gary: It looks like a great square.

Did you try and check it with you existing squares, and how did they check out.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-08-2009 02:31 AM

Karson – No I didn’t check it with my existing square.

As you can see in the pictures I used a factory edge on a piece of melamine and drew a line on each side of the square with the short end against the edge. Then flipped it over and compared it to the lines I drew. I couldn’t discern any variation. Can’t get any better than that.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 08-08-2009 02:42 AM

Thanks, Gary!

I can see this would be great tool for layout and drawing.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 08-08-2009 02:43 AM

Wow Gary! That sounds like the ultimate square.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#5 posted 08-08-2009 02:54 AM

I’d thought about ordering one but the price kept me from it. May still have to keep it on my wishlist.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 08-08-2009 03:03 AM

good looking tool and nice review … bet the 36 inches will come in handy

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 08-08-2009 03:35 AM

Thanks for the review Gary. Think I’ll put it on my wish list.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#8 posted 08-08-2009 03:40 AM

thanks gary ,

there goes the money ,
for my new router !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 08-08-2009 03:53 AM

Thanks for the review, Gary. I have got to have one of these as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 08-08-2009 03:25 PM

It looks like a great tool, & the number look like they’re easy to read.

I bought one of them larger sized triangular square last year, but I accidentally stepped on it, & broke it.
Being that this one is laminated, that problem shouldn’t exist.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 08-08-2009 03:28 PM

Hi Gary, that could be checked against my head!


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#12 posted 08-08-2009 04:11 PM

What a concept—-A Square Square
I’ll have to check it out
Thanks for the review


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#13 posted 08-09-2009 07:04 PM

Nice review Gary and please note woodpeck has a e-club membership that will offer a extra 10 percent off items each week. Thanks for posting Gary…Blkcherry

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#14 posted 08-10-2009 05:21 AM

Great review. Did you check your other squares against it and find them lacking? thanks! ;)

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#15 posted 08-13-2009 12:25 AM

Gary, thanks for the review. I made an order from Woodpeckers three days ago and aside from the first acknowledgement haven’t heard a word from them about shipping the order. Just called and didn’t even get an answering machine. Is this normal for ordering there in your experience? Thanks for any input.

-- Greg, CT

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