When I first started woodworking I used ordinary tools from the local lumber yard's shop and Sears, and didn't even know there was anything better. But as I got into finer work with better woods, I was disappointed by the inaccuracy of these tools and started looking for better quality. Over the years, I slowly upgraded my tools, and have been quite happy with how they have made it easier to get good results. I also simply appreciate holding and using them.

Combination · Carpenter's · Bevel
Side note: Slightly batty?

Combination squares

I use and really appreciate Starrett combination squares. I use the 12″ for regular work, the 6″ for finer work, and the 4″ for my lamps. I prefer the cast iron heads with the black wrinkle finish to the forged hardened steel with black enamel finish, but both are beautiful precision tools.

Starrett Combination Square on workbench    Starrett Combination Square

Carpenter's squares

I use a pair of very accurate Shinwa stainless steel squares from Japan for gluing up precise right angles and marking wide cuts. (The wood I was using in this photo was so straight and true that I only needed to use one square to glue it up.)

Shinwa stainless steel square in action

Bevel squares

I also use a pair of Shinwa stainless steel bevel squares, and they, too, are beautifully made and accurate, especially when used with an angle finder like the Sutherland Tool Bevel Boss or the MasterGage Universal Angle Guide⩘ .

Shinwa bevel squares with Bevel Boss and MasterGage Universal Angle Guide

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