Vesper Double Square with Mini Blade

1512-TT-2-VesperDoubleSquareby Christopher Schwarz

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Many of the difficult measuring jobs we face are too big or too small for us to accurately assess. For big jobs, I end up making my own giant wooden straightedges or try squares. For the tiny problems, I reach for the Vesper Double Square.

This beautifully machined adjustable square sneaks into places that no other square will go. It is the perfect tool to find bumps and odd angles in dovetails, or to assess the flatness of a mortise wall.

And now that Chris Vesper has started making these squares marked in inches (as well as offering metric), North American woodworkers can use them for layout chores as well.

The heart of the tool is its metallic stock, which contains reference surfaces that are at 45° and 90° to the blade. The blades are secured in the stock by a spring-loaded pin that will not rotate out of position. In other words: No more fiddling with the pin to insert your blades – truly ingenious.

Many of the difficult measuring jobs we face are too big or too small for us to accurately assess. For big jobs, I end up making my own giant wooden straightedges or try squares. For the tiny problems, I reach for the Vesper Double Square.

This beautifully machined adjustable square sneaks into places that no other square will go. It is the perfect tool to find bumps and odd angles in dovetails, or to assess the flatness of a mortise wall.

And now that Chris Vesper has started making these squares marked in inches (as well as offering metric), North American woodworkers can use them for layout chores as well.

The heart of the tool is its metallic stock, which contains reference surfaces that are at 45° and 90° to the blade. The blades are secured in the stock by a spring-loaded pin that will not rotate out of position. In other words: No more fiddling with the pin to insert your blades – truly ingenious.

The basic blades are 3″ long and 6″ long, which are nice for marking out joinery and checking machines. What makes the tool extra special are the two narrow blades. The small blade is 3″ long and about 1⁄8″ wide. The mini blade is also 3″ long, but is notched at the end so a portion is only 1⁄16″ wide. You can go almost anywhere inside a joint with these two blades.

If you struggle to take your joinery to that next level with an exact fit, the Vesper Double Square is a fantastic way to measure your progress.

Web site: vespertools.com.au
Article: Read a profile of Chris Vesper and his shop.

From the December 2015 issue

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