The simplest objects in life provide the greatest help to mankind. The carpenter square is one tool which fits the bill perfectly. It is one of the most practical and substantial tools.It is made of steel or aluminum and is L shaped. In the eyes of the layman it may appear like any other scale but practically its functionality is much more than just for marking.
The square is very important and trusted friend for any finish carpenter. For a finish carpenter, his work is always judged based on the accuracy, the perfect and flawless proportions, the clear lines etc, some of this precise work is achieved with a Carpenter square. The following are some of its uses:
- It helps to plot the right angles in construction projects, construction of stair steps and while verifying if walls are joined at right angles.
- It is useful in laying out and marking patterns for framing, roofing or stairway and hand railing work.
- It can be used in building projects as a simple method to check if the materials purchased are flat.
- It is handy while making different furniture.
- It is used for determining the flatness of a surface in woods.
- It is used to check the factory edges of wood if they are a perfect square.
- It is used for making sophisticated mathmaticle calculations.
A standard carpenter square tool has a measurement of twenty-four inches by sixteen inches. The markings provided on a square have a longer portion which is called the blade and a shorter leg called the tongue. The section where the tongue and blade join is called the heel. The tongue is one and half inches wide whereas the blade is two inches wide. The reverse side is called the back. One of the important points to note is the fact that the square has two sets of measurements, both inside and outside which can be useful while measuring.
Modern squares help to make math calculations since they include metric dimensions on the surface. They have explanatory user manuals which explain in detail the different functions possible.
The square has small variations in size and is known in varied names (size of 12 by 8 inches or 24 by 18 inches). It is called as Flat Square, Rafter Square, Builders square and Roofing Square. Any hardware store or a building supplies retail center is the best way to buy a square. This elbowed ruler has many capabilities. Make it your trusted tool too!