How To Use A Speed Square

How To Use A Speed Square

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The Square That Lets You Do Many Woodworking Layout Tasks Fast

Square line, angle lines, a marking gauge, a protractor or rafter layout.

All these tasks can be performed with a speed square.

If there is one square you should own this is probably the one.

Here's a video that shows you how it's done:

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38 Responses to “How To Use A Speed Square”

  1. Alan Webser

    Oct 23. 2014

    Thanks for posting this. The only thing I have used a speed square for is 90 degree lines and guiding my circular saw. Saw this on Facebook. I need to learn how to layout raters for a shed I plan to make.

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  2. Jerry A. VanAlst

    Nov 02. 2014

    Have a few of them, life savers for sure.

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  3. Gary Acklin

    Nov 03. 2014

    When you work with wood like I do, a speed square, and framing square is a must.

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  4. Gary B Kingsley

    Nov 06. 2014

    My speed square is a slow triangle..

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  5. scott

    Nov 07. 2014

    13 degrees is a 2.75 pitch

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  6. Jay Bremer

    Nov 12. 2014

    Don’t buy plastic, or painted ones. Nice thick metal with deeply engraved numbers that won’t wear off.

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  7. Curt Boedeker

    Nov 28. 2014

    A 3 pitch is a 1:3 ratio? I don’t think so…

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  8. Nolan Collins

    Dec 03. 2014

    Actually it would make a rectangle because the long angle of the sq is longer than it’s 2 sides..

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  9. Michael Zeiters

    Dec 06. 2014

    Every foot it falls 3″

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  10. Greg Kelly

    Dec 13. 2014

    And if you drop ’em they won’t chip and break!!

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  11. Allen Lawless

    Dec 19. 2014

    hubby using his now –building me a table for my couch

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  12. Roberto Enriquez

    Dec 24. 2014

    Okay Daniel Enriquez aka andy jr. If you need a video how to use a speed square you might be a retard

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  13. Phillip Zavodny

    Dec 25. 2014

    Merry Christmas Mike and Julie.

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  14. Jerry de la Rosa

    Dec 28. 2014

    The one and only #1 Speed Square!!

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  15. Phil Martin

    Dec 31. 2014

    Agreed, Jay! Buy one that will survive a LOT of use! A GOOD Speed Square is the BOMB!

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  16. Ric Boyce

    Dec 31. 2014

    great tool but if you can’t use a framing square and a calculator you will never be more than a tract framer they are not very acurate

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  17. Ric Boyce

    Dec 31. 2014

    but if you want to aspire to be a ty pennington type carpenter then a speed square is all you need

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  18. Bob English

    Dec 31. 2014

    you forgot to mention the diamond at three and a half inches and the marks adjacent to the quarter inch marks on the inside of the square

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  19. Bob English

    Dec 31. 2014

    for the past fourty years every time Ive dropped a speed square, and if you dont know it sounds like the liberty bell ringing, I’ll have some $#%&!@* say’ “hey Bob, you dropped your speed square”, no $#%&!@* dumbass

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  20. Todd M Schneider

    Jan 02. 2015

    This will help those that have not used one before

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  21. Pete Cino

    Jan 03. 2015

    Love me my speed square.

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  22. Carl Shafer

    Jan 04. 2015

    Dieing Breed, WHERE ARE THE HARDEST UNDER PAID CARPENTRY MEN, IS THERE ANYMEN LEFT TO DO HARD WORK @ STAY FIT DOING IT, ” J.C. ” WAS A CARPENTER BEFORE BEING NAILED TO A CROSS @ DIED FOR OUR SIN’S.

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  23. Michael Helle

    Jan 07. 2015

    Great video

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  24. Harold Meyer

    Jan 08. 2015

    never on a job without a SWANSON speed square–I knew the inventor of it from Oak Lawn, Ill

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  25. Chris Brennan

    Jan 09. 2015

    i asked my wife hand me that square, she replied you mean this triangle ! true story

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  26. Josh Goncalves

    Jan 10. 2015

    Uwe Tobies Piotr Chądzyński

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  27. William J Uebele

    Jan 11. 2015

    Did you tell Troy

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  28. Tim Leary

    Jan 11. 2015

    Oh those numbers mean sumthing ……

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  29. Jon Molloy

    Jan 12. 2015

    Hire a carpenter

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  30. James Holloway

    Jan 14. 2015

    I still use a framing square

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  31. Michael Leavitt

    Jan 15. 2015

    My daughter Always tells me its a triangle dad not a square..lol :o)

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  32. Curtis Freese

    Jan 18. 2015

    You can’t carry a framing square in you’re toolbags.. and if you are the cut guy on the ground cutting stringers and such then yes a framing square. I am not using a framing square to cut rafter tails

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  33. Curtis Freese

    Jan 18. 2015

    Like Jon Molloy said hire a carpenter

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  34. Säge Späne

    Jan 20. 2015

    I hate getting tangled in the fray, but…. 1) the angle of a roof is not the same as it’s slope. 2) the pitch is defined as the ratio of the rise to the span (which can also lead to confusion). 3:12 is a 3 inch rise to 12 inches of “span”, and can also be expressed as 1:4 – see what I mean? Now, a span (normally) is the distance between the outer wall extremities. But, only if your roof height is half of the span, will you then have a 12:12 (or 1:1) ratio, a 45° angle. 3) The pitch can be defined as the slope, expressed as a ratio. Just remember what you use for the span is the horizontal distance to the point of highest rise…. Now, let me get out of the weeds!

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  35. Curt Boedeker

    Jan 20. 2015

    A 3 pitch is a 1:4 ratio. 1 inch of rise for 4 inches run. That’s all I was saying.

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  36. Tim Stochmal

    Jan 22. 2015

    just the basics is all on this

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  37. Darell

    Feb 04. 2015

    Nothing beats a framing square. I can do more with the framing square than anyone can do with a speed square. Check out the squangle for something really cool

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  38. Timbo

    Feb 15. 2015

    Much quicker way to find pitch than the plumb bob deal here- put the pivot point on the top of the truss, level it off with a torpedo lvl, and where the truss intersects the square is your pitch.

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