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04-27-2020 10:24 AM

OK, $135 for a Bridge City. Sure it is nice, when I win the lottery. Plenty on combination squares and the one cheap Grizzly. What happened to decent wood/brass or steel miter squares? You know, the ones you can put over a joint and look for daylight, not just mark a line. You can get plenty of those. Digital protractor?


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#1 posted 04-27-2020 01:50 PM

Blue Spruce has them for $125. I just saved you $10.

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#2 posted 04-27-2020 02:14 PM

OK, maybe I only have to win Publishers! Boy do they carry some nice tools.

Ordered an iGang combo square as they are at least iron and accurate. None of my old ones were. ( all zinc bodies) I found Woodpeckers still has one in aluminum for $50. Guess the old Marples jobs are gone. Amazon has a picture of one, but ” not available” Grizzly has a solid steel one I might go for. Also ordered a digital protractor.

Harvey (Owns Bridge City) has enough of my money already with my new band saw, and really tempted for their table saw to upgrade from my contractor saw.

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#3 posted 04-27-2020 03:10 PM

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#4 posted 04-27-2020 04:16 PM

There are 100’s of them for $30 and under on ebay.

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#5 posted 04-27-2020 04:24 PM

This Bridge City miter square is on sale right now for $63-83 depending upon which size you buy.

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#6 posted 04-27-2020 05:02 PM

Incra marking T-rules make perfect squares. I’ve got the 6”, 12”, & 18”, but the 6” gets used 99% of the time. The slide stop let’s you change between left and right hand reading. The slots allow you to mark parallel and crossways.


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#7 posted 04-28-2020 04:42 PM



OK, $135 for a Bridge City. Sure it is nice, when I win the lottery. Plenty on combination squares and the one cheap Grizzly. What happened to decent wood/brass or steel miter squares? You know, the ones you can put over a joint and look for daylight, not just mark a line. You can get plenty of those. Digital protractor?

- tvrgeek


I’d find it hard to pay that much for a square, especially one made in China, wow!

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#8 posted 04-28-2020 06:32 PM

I got the ad for B-C today. The set is actually a good value. I might have to think hard. A lot of money, but they are beautiful to behold. My older Bridge City rosewood tools kind of put a smile on your face when you pick them up.

I don’t care as much for the current all metal B-C tools as my old rosewood and brass, but they are the top of the top. If you don’t like where they are made, that is a personal problem just as my preference for the older ones is my problem. THey are really proud of their planes, but I find my old Stanly ones with Hock irons not to be lacking. I do want a rabbit plane though.

E-bay specials? Well, I want to know for sure if it is true. Even if it is an old Marples or the like, it might have been dropped. You just don;’t know. As far as squares, I have a good Marples and a new stainless steel engineers square. I sprung for a top notch deep etched ruler.

I tend to use a knife or a wood pencil, so the Incra rules are not the best fit, but I may give in to one some day. They do make nice stuff. Never been a fan of traditional marking edge scribes, so maybe that 6 incher would be a smart bet. A friend gave me a Starrett wheel marking gauge, but the small head makes it not that great either. I think of it as a very well made poor design.

So I ordered an iGang combo square as it is iron, not zinc and a digital protractor. I’ll see how they work out. I was using my old 12 inch drafting square to set up my Lyon clone miter knife. and noticed it is getting pretty beat up. But as I have the trimmer dead on, I don’t have to verify every cut off the miter saw! Guess 50 years is enough for one cheap triangle.

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#9 posted 04-28-2020 06:47 PM

Actuyally, there are three. You must be thinking of a table saw miter gauge. I am talking about a 45 degree marking gauge. Like this:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-JOHN-BULL-HEARNSHAW-BROS-9-1-2-Mitre-Square/133392464930?hash=item1f0ecf7c22:g:CMcAAOSwvXRen1W-


There are 100 s of them for $30 and under on ebay.

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#10 posted 04-28-2020 07:17 PM

You never said what it was you were planning to use it for, but a 45* angle square pretty much locks you into just that.

I see you said

“So I ordered an iGang combo square as it is iron, not zinc and a digital protractor.”

This will allow for a much broader range of uses, and will likely be seen in the future as a much more efficient use of funds.

I was going to suggest that you also get (see below) as it can not only find the angle needed, but can be used to lay out an angle.

https://www.amazon.com/Starrett-505P-7-Miter-Saw-Protractor/dp/B003CJSQ4S/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=starrett+angle+finder&qid=1588100963&sr=8-2

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#11 posted 04-29-2020 02:03 PM

Crown makes them still. I also got a nice set from Lee Valley.

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#12 posted 05-27-2020 09:06 PM

Bridge City is now Chinese… may as well buy from Harbor Freight. https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/news/woodworking-industry-news/bridge-city-tool-works-sold-chinese-manufacturer

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