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Truing a Square

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Framing squares are usually thought of as rough carpentry tools. But I find it comes in handy in the shop. They're great for checking large cases and assemblies.

Unlike other tools, framing squares don't require much care. But since they tend to get dropped a lot, it's a good idea to periodically check yours to make sure it's still square (see box below).

If it's not, you can spread the legs of the square slightly by making a punch mark near the inside corner. To close up the legs, make a punch near the heel, see photos below.

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Good woodworking,

Phil Huber
Editor, ShopNotes

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